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Reed pleased with his first impression

The Southampton loanee made his Rovers debut at the weekend as a second half substitute

18 September 2018

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The old saying goes that first impressions count in any walk of life, and Rovers new boy Harrison Reed certainly left an impact following his debut against Aston Villa on Saturday.

A signing from Southampton last month, Reed will remain a Rover until the end of the season, but after being an unused substitute in the defeat at Bristol City, was thrust into the action at the weekend against Villa.

Reed played the final 24 minutes and was mightily impressive as his glided around the pitch and played his part in Bradley Dack's opener during the game.

So how did the Sussex-born schemer find his debut?

“It was great, I loved it, playing in front of the home crowd for the first time. It was just a shame we couldn’t get the result," he said.

“We spoke at full time and said that it felt like a defeat having come so close to earning the win. Every man put in a solid performance and we ran over Aston Villa at times.

“There is no opponent to be afraid of in this league. We have players who can produce magic and everyone works so hard for each other. It’s a great blend.

“The manager was a bit scared that I was doing on the right wing! I just saw the play go out there and decided I needed to take control of things. It was a great finish from Bradley.

“The manager asked for energy from me, to get involved, pick up the second balls and to get us playing. It was quite a scrappy game but I felt my energy levels showed."

It's been a whilwind last few weeks for the 23-year-old, but he's getting to grips with life in East Lancashire and says the best is yet to come from him.

“I’m really enjoying it here so far. I’m looking forward to getting my head down and playing football," he added.

“I’m settled in well and I’ll be moving into a place up here soon and out of the hotel, so once that’s sorted then I’ll be fully settled in."

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