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Bennett's leadership is so crucial for us

The boss has hailed the impact of the versatile skipper following his assist at Stoke City

3 December 2019

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Tony Mowbray has hailed the impact of skipper Elliott Bennett after the versatile midfielder emerged off the bench to set up Sam Gallagher's late winner at Stoke City.

Bennett's been a regular in the side throughout Mowbray's reign as Rovers boss, but was left out of the starting team against Brentford and then Stoke.

Whether he's on the pitch or off it, Bennett is the model professional, with the boss happy with the 30-year-old's impact in the dressing room.

An on-field trusted lieutenant, Bennett's featured in 121 of the 142 games that Mowbray's been in charge of Rovers, and the manager admits that the former Norwich and Brighton man remains crucial to his plans.

“I don’t know the statistics, but since I’ve been manager, he’s just about played every game," Mowbray told iFollow Rovers.

“Why? He’s not the world’s best footballer, but he has a personality that gels football clubs and dressing rooms together.

“He lives his life by a set of values and those values can rub off on other players, so however good a footballer he is, he is in the dressing room geeing everybody up before a game and this is the sort of characters you need.

“Elliott Bennett drives this dressing room. Everybody knows that he lives his life properly, he’s a great guy and they react to him, and that’s why he has played a lot.

“I believe that you might have a team not with the best players in the world, but if you’ve got a strong belief and camaraderie and togetherness, you can go a long way.”

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