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Raya aiming for less chaos this time around

“I remember Peter Crouch coming on and terrorising us, we didn’t know what to do with him"

5 April 2019

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David Raya is hoping to have a quieter game against Stoke City on Saturday, but is targeting a similar outcome against the Potters this weekend.

Rovers bossed the majority of the encounter at the bet365 Stadium in September, with strikes from Bradley Dack, Danny Graham and Harrison Reed putting Tony Mowbray's men in command in Staffordshire.

But a barnstorming final 10 minutes or so saw Stoke hit back, with goals from Saido Berahino and Tom Ince giving the hosts a chance of an unlikely point.

Berahino missed a late, late penalty, as Rovers returned with the three points, but Raya admits it was a "crazy" clash.

“It was crazy when we last played Stoke," the goalkeeper recollected to iFollow Rovers ahead of the game. "I think we went 3-0 up and then Dacky had a chance to make it 4-0 but hit the post.

“They ended up getting a goal back and that put us on the back foot.

“They got the second goal and we didn’t know what to do. It was a crazy game, a game that I’ve never experienced before, it was on another level.

“I remember Peter Crouch coming on and terrorising us. We didn’t know what to do with him.

“I remember a big save in the game and I don’t know how I saved it. It just hit me, maybe it was due to a bit of luck and good positioning," he added.

“We showed that day that we can compete against a top team. We’ve done that a lot this season, but maybe haven’t got the results against some that we deserve.

“It’s a tough league though, the top three can lose to the bottom three."

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