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Rothwell keen to continue his fine form

The playmaker got off the mark in blue-and-white with his first goal of the season in midweek

11 April 2019

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Roaming Rover Joe Rothwell was the pick of the bunch after a sparkling performance against Derby County in midweek, and the playmaker is desperate to keep up his appearances following back-to-back starts.

The 24-year-old capped a dazzling display against the Rams with the opening goal in the encounter; confidently flicking the ball over Kelle Roos and into the net via the post on Tuesday night before Bradley Dack made the score safe late on.

It was Rothwell's second successive start in Rovers colours and the former Oxford United player is now looking ahead to playing a part when Tony Mowbray's men hit the road on Saturday to take on Nottingham Forest.

“It’s been a long time coming," the midfielder said when reflecting on his goal against Derby.

"I’ve had a few chances in a few games but it’s not quite dropped for me.

“I have to keep getting in the right positions, it was great to get off the mark for the club. It’s a big relief for me and a big relief for the team on the night to break the deadlock.

“A big part of my game is to get the ball, drive forward and get everybody else up the pitch."

The former Manchester United trainee has never made three successive starts for Rovers since signing in the summer, but he's hoping to break that duck at The City Ground this weekend.

“It’s been a while since I played back-to-back games, so hopefully now I can play back-to-back-to-back games," he said enthusiastically.

“Hopefully I can keep my shirt for this weekend."

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