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Harrison happy to get off the mark

"I've taken a touch and got lucky to put the ball through the goalkeeper's legs"

23 September 2018

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Harrison Reed has now equalled his career goals tally and was a happy man to net his first in Rovers colours.

The 23-year-old doesn't score many, with his last - and only - strike coming for Norwich City in August 2017 during his loan spell at Carrow Road.

But he's now doubled his tally for his career in just one afternoon, and as it turned out, his 47th minute finish against Stoke City at the weekend proved to be the winner.

“It was great to score. Benno's taken a great touch before finding Dacky, who I hadn't actually seen, to be honest," Reed said to iFollow Rovers when looking back on his goal.

“I'd made a diagonal run across the back four and then Dacky's squared it to me. In that situation I was a little bit nervous, but I've taken a touch and got lucky to put the ball through the goalkeeper's legs.

“We had a chat at half time about them coming out on the front foot and maybe changing things up.

“But we started the second half as we finished the first half, got the goal and thought that may have killed the game as a contest.

“It's a 90 minute game though and we need to stay focussed. They got two back and their fans got up and behind them. Their players felt that energy.

“That carried out on the pitch and I think it made our lads a little bit nervous. We'll learn from the experience and make sure we don't give cheap goals away like that again."

Luck was on Rovers side in the end, with the upright coming to the rescue of Tony Mowbray's side from Saido Berahino's penalty in the final minute of normal time.

And Reed was a delighted man when watching the spot kick rattle the bar before being cleared.

“Danny [Graham] said to me on the bench that he thought Berahino would smash it down the middle. Thankfully for us he did, it hits the bar, bounces down and we clear it. It was great for us," the Southampton loanee added.

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