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Jayson happy to step into the breach

The goalkeeper says he will be ready and available whenever his manager call on him

4 November 2018

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A first appearance of the season arrived with a first clean sheet of his campaign and Jayson Leutwiler was happy to play his part in a Rovers win.

The 29-year-old had little to do, but did what he had to well in his first outing in the league since he started at Charlton Athletic at the back end of last season.

And the giant Canada international stopper was happy to help in place of the injured David Raya.

“It was very enjoyable. I was very excited to play and couldn’t wait for it and it was a very good day," the former Shrewsbury man reflected.

“I was very happy that the gaffer trusted me. It was a good day for everyone. I’ve been waiting for this opportunity, my last league game was Charlton so it has been a while.

“I’ve been working hard every day on the training ground and when the chance comes to do all right.

“It wasn’t maybe the best game that we’ve played but it’s three points and that’s good. I think the back four was enormous.

“They were fantastic and I didn’t have a shot to save all game so it showed how hard they worked. It was a really team effort out there.

“Charlie [Mulgrew] was missing through his injury but it shows the character and options we have in the team that whoever plays we stick together and can do well."

It's never a nice scenario to step in for someone else who has a serious injury, but Jayson says he'll be ready once more if needed against Rotherham United at Ewood Park next weekend. 

“We will see what happens next week. If I have to play one game then I will, but if I have to play 20 then I will do that as well," he added.

“That’s the spirit of the group. I’ve been here for nearly 18 months now and the spirit of the team is unbelievable.

“Everyone is happy with each other, work hard for each other and you can see that when someone loses the ball then someone is willing to work back and chase the ball for them.” 

“I felt sorry for David. I had a very similar injury the other year and it’s not nice.

“He’s all right now and that’s the main thing. Mentally, there’s a few things, how it affects you. I don’t want to talk for him, everyone is different but he will be all right.”

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