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Rothwell aims to keep making things difficult for the boss

The midfielder is hoping for a run in the starting XI after an impressive cameo at Bolton last time out

19 October 2018

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Joe Rothwell is eager to continue impressing at Rovers and to keep making Tony Mowbray's life as difficult as possible.

The summer signing from Oxford United has shown what he is capable of in the blue-and-white but is yet to nail down a regular starting berth.
 
The boss has admitted that the 23-year-old is "like a pitbull on a leash" with his desire to start games for Rovers, which was something he achieved last time out in the win at Bolton Wanderers.
 
And Joe confesses he has sympathy for his manager when it comes to making tough calls on picking a team with him in it.
 
“It’s difficult for the boss. He can only pick 11 players to start every game and I understand that," Rothwell said ahead of Leeds' visit this weekend.
 
“When you do get the chance you have to take it. When I have played I feel as if I have planted a seed in his head.
 
“I’ve showed that I am ready to play for him when I’m called upon.
 
“If you aren’t starting but get the chance to come on then you need to show what you can do. One of my strengths is picking up the ball and running at players and sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.
 
“When it doesn’t come off it doesn’t stop me from trying again."
 
Mowbray has been impressed with the number 8's start to life at Rovers, but Rothwell adds that it did take a little while to settle into life in East Lancashire.
 
“Coming into the club it was a bit of a shock to the system regarding how the boss likes to play," Rothwell said honestly.
 
"It took me about a month to get used to it, but I’m fully up to speed now."
 

Rovers return to action this weekend when Leeds United make the trip to Ewood Park. You can back the lads by purchasing your tickets here.


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