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Danny: We're desperate to get back on track

Striker Graham looks ahead to the visit of Villa to Ewood Park on Saturday afternoon

13 September 2018

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Danny Graham says tests against Aston Villa this weekend are the games Rovers worked so hard to earn following promotion to League One.

Graham was a mainstay of our success in the third tier last term and admits he's looking forward to the challenges ahead in what's set to be a hectic few weeks for Rovers.
 
Villa visit Ewood Park on Saturday before trips to Derby County, Stoke City and then a home tie with Nottingham Forest conclude September in the Championship.
 
The 33-year-old has been in and out of the Rovers starting XI this season, but is itching to be involved from this weekend onwards.
 
“You see the teams in this league; the Villas, the Stokes, the Middlesbroughs, I think we can be encouraged by our start to the season," Danny said.
 
“These sort of games make last season all worthwhile. It’s a little bit different to going to the likes of Rochdale, Fleetwood, no disrespect to them.
 
“Everyone is looking forward to the upcoming tests.
 
“I hope I’m in the team for the game. The gaffer told me at the start of the season that he would utilise the squad, rotate things and try to keep everyone fresh. 
 
"I’m getting used to that and I’ll be doing all I can to make sure I’m selected for the next game. Come 5.30pm on Saturday, hopefully I am named in the team."

Graham and Rovers have been stewing for the last couple of weeks after defeat against Bristol City before the international break.

Saturday's visitors Aston Villa suffered a 4-1 away defeat at Sheffield United the same weekend and Graham is expecting a reaction from both sides.

“Saturday will see two teams looking for a response and we’ll be doing all we can to make sure we do the business this weekend," he added.
 
“Looking back, the Bristol City game wasn’t really a 4-1 game, but that’s the nature of the Championship, it comes back to bite you.
 
“It came at the wrong time with the international break meaning we wouldn’t be playing for two weeks, but we’re all looking forward to putting things right on Saturday.
 

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