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New lads need to learn the Rovers way

Tony Mowbray says it's important not to rush Harrison Reed and Ben Brereton

18 September 2018

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Tony Mowbray says it's important to bed in new boys Harrison Reed and Ben Brereton and not rush the pair into first team action.

The latest Rovers first team signings both arrived on loan deals from Southampton and Nottingham Forest respectively at the end of last month.

The duo have both seen action under Mowbray, with Brereton appearing at Bristol City before doing similar against Aston Villa at the weekend.

Likewise, Reed made his debut for the club in the 1-1 draw with the Villans, but Tony says a good spell off the bench from both won't automatically make them starters in his side.

“Harrison is undoubtedly talented enough to get in our team. All our new signings need to know how we play and get used to the demands we put on them as a group. You can’t just come in, know everything about us and your job," the boss said.

“Seeing Harrison, there are so many positives for him. He was everywhere the ball was and he probably needs to play his position a little bit more. He’ll learn more about that as he progresses over the next few weeks.

“He’ll know what the role entails and he is intelligent enough to know he will have to watch, listen and learn the ropes about how we play."

And on Brereton, Mowbray is excited to see how the young attacker develops.

“Ben, at some stage, as we move forward, will be able to counter attack, travel with the ball, beat people, create and score goals," the boss added.

“But at this moment he’s a 19-year-old, 6’3, tricky, fast, we see it in training. He doesn’t understand our way of playing yet, but we’ll get there with him. He’s in a similar boat to Harrison in a way.

“Why would I change Ben for Elliott Bennett or an Adam Armstrong at this moment in time? They know the job, are doing the job and we’re winning games with them.

"Ben’s opportunity will come at some stage but he need to keep doing what he can to break into our team."

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