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Nyambe: I hope I'm back in the manager's thoughts

"I’ve just got to keep my head down and keep working to get back into the side on a regular basis"

28 August 2019

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Ryan Nyambe earned a second start of the season in last night's Carabao Cup clash against Sheffield United, and the right back now hopes he's put himself firmly back in Tony Mowbray's thoughts

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The Namibia international, who has shown his versatility in playing at right back and centre back under Mowbray, played the full 90 minutes against The Blades in the narrow defeat against the Premier League outfit.

The 21-year-old made his 100th appearance in the Rovers first team since graduating the Academy, but has found game time in the Championship hard to come by this season.

An impressive display at Bramall Lane will have done his chances of featuring regularly no harm at all, and the youngster's hopeful that he can help the team this term, starting on Saturday at West Bromwich Albion.

“It felt good to play 90 minutes and I felt sharp and strong," Ryan reflected after the encounter against Chris Wilder's side.

"It was good to get game time because I’ve not played too much football this season.

“We gave Sheffield United some big problems, but we’ve come away disappointed by the goals we conceded and the chances we missed at the other end.

“I thought we were the better team, but they took their chances and punished us.

“I think I’ve put myself back in the gaffer’s head with my performance tonight. Benno [Elliott Bennett]’s been playing there and is the captain, so it’ll be a battle, but I’ve just got to keep my head down and keep working to get back into the side on a regular basis.

“It’s frustrating, of course it is. You never want to be sitting on the sidelines watching the team, you want to be out there playing."

Looking ahead to the weekend, Nyambe's expecting another tough battle against West Brom, but is backing the team to pick up a result against Slaven Bilic's Baggies.

“It’s always a difficult game against West Brom, as it showed in the two games we played against them last season," he added.

“They’ll be looking to get themselves back in the Premier League next season, so we’ll go there and do our best and hopefully get the result we want.

“I think people have seen that we’re capable of giving teams problems, especially performing the way we did against a Premier League team in Sheffield United.”

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