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Chapman delighted with Ewood display

Harry scored Rovers' third goal in an impressive 3-1 win over Manchester City

16 April 2019

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Harry Chapman was delighted to get back on the scoresheet at Ewood Park and is now targeting some minutes for the first team before the season is out.

The 21-year-old netted the Under-23s' third goal in an impressive 3-1 victory over Manchester City on Monday night, which secured Rovers' status in Premier League 2 Division 1.

Chapman, who also scored on his last Premier League 2 outing at home to Brighton last month, produced a lively performance at Ewood, winning a penalty and twice firing over the upright, before coolly slotting home Rovers' third.

"I'm pleased," he said after the game. "It was a great all-round performance.

"We knew they would be strong and that they would dominate possession. We just had to be patient and pick our moments to go forward and luckily we were very good on transition and we hurt them when it mattered.

"So overall it was a good performance and I was delighted to get a goal myself.

"The first chance I had took a bobble, but that happens. I was a bit disappointed, but I knew I would get more chances the way we were hurting them on the counter-attack and luckily I did and I managed to slot that one away.

"It felt very good to do it here. It's my first game back at Ewood and it was lovely to see all the kids and families come out to support the boys and I was glad that we could give them the three points to go home with."

Chapman is yet to feature for the first team since returning to Rovers from Middlesbrough in January.

But after a string of eye-catching displays for Damien Johnson's Under-23s, the winger hopes to be in manager Tony Mowbray's thoughts for Rovers' final four Championship games.

"Hopefully," he added. "I'm pushing on now and I feel ready. It's just up to the manager.

"This game was just to keep me ticking over because I hadn't played in a couple of weeks.

"So I was delighted to get another 90 minutes in my legs and hopefully I'll be in contention for the weekend."

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