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Tony: Brereton's chance will come

Tony is backing the striker to earn a starting berth sooner rather than later after impressing off the bench

27 November 2018

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Tony Mowbray says Ben Brereton will earn a start sooner rather than later having impressed the boss off the bench in recent weeks.

Brereton, who is on loan at Ewood Park until January, at which point the move will become permanent, has started just once since arriving from Nottingham Forest in the summer.
 
He is still waiting for his first goal in Rovers colours, but has made an impact as a substitute in recent weeks, particularly at Ewood.
 
He had a goal ruled out for offside against Preston North End on Saturday, and Mowbray admits he's been impressed with the 19-year-old's showings.
 
“It would have been great for Ben to have scored what was a perfectly good goal on Saturday. Added to the fact he won the penalty against QPR and set up Bradley [Dack] against Rotherham, I did feel a bit for him that the goal didn't stand," the boss told iFollow Rovers ahead of Wednesday's trip to Wigan Athletic.
 
“But he’s strong enough and big enough to wait for his opportunity, and, as he has done recently, he needs to take it.
 
“He’s a goal threat and is creating chances. I sat down with Ben and had a chat with him last week and he knows the plan with him. I’m sure it won’t be too long until he is out there scoring goals and creating chances.
 
“When anybody comes to a new club there is a period of settling in, getting used to the lads and the humour. Ben’s been working through that and I think he’s there now.
 
“The lads have really taken to him and he gets on with everybody in the group. It’s sometimes difficult for me when the likes of [Danny] Graham, [Adam] Armstrong and Dack are impacting games. Sometimes he needs to wait. 
 
“Football is about balance with and without the ball and every player needs to wait for their turn if they aren’t starting."

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