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I'm prepared to bide my time

Harrison Reed says he knew how difficult it would be to secure a spot in the Rovers midfield

18 September 2018

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Midfielder Harrison Reed says he's itching to nail down a place in the starting XI sooner rather than later, but appreciates it's a tough battle ahead.

Following a fine start to the season, Corry Evans and Richie Smallwood have cemented their spots in the two central midfield positions for Rovers throughout the campaign.

The addition of Reed has certainly bolstered Tony Mowbray's squad, with the 23-year-old arriving from Premier League side Southampton on loan last month.

He impressed off the bench against Aston Villa on Saturday and now has his eyes set on starting for Mowbray's men.

“I want to show the manager that I’m ready to start, but I understand I need to be patient. It’s not the easiest thing for any player but the boys did a phenomenal job last season and I need to bide my time," Reed said.

"I respect that and I knew I had to work to get into the team when I arrived here.

“Corry and Richie are in there at the moment and have done a great job in the middle of the park. I need to take my chance when it comes and stay in the team."

Reed will be hoping to play a part against Derby County tonight and wants to see a clinical edge to Rovers' play at Pride Park.

“Derby have a way of playing and are organised. We need to be on the front foot, set traps and press high up. We need to be clinical.

“We saw at Bristol City that we should have been 2-0 or 3-0 up but didn’t take the chances, they equalised and then went on to win the game.

"We have seen how momentum swings with goals and it’s something we have been working on, killing games off.

“There have been conversations about the fixtures coming up. We want to play against these sides and take each game as it comes.

“We have no reason to fear opponents. We are capable of winning games and putting teams on the back foot and that’s what we’ll be looking to do."

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