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Squad quality has shone through

Elliott Bennett says everyone has played their part in a week to remember for Rovers

16 December 2019

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Rovers skipper Elliott Bennett believes the ability in Tony Mowbray's squad has been clear for all to see in recent weeks.

The 30-year-old started in one of six changes made by Mowbray for the weekend win over Bristol City at Ashton Gate, which came just a few days after the midweek draw at Swansea.

Goals from Bradley Johnson and Adam Armstrong ensured a fifth win in the last six games to move Rovers to within three points of third in the Championship table.

A beaming Bennett is thrilled with the form, and says the squad get more confident with every passing game.

"We’ve come away from this week with four points which is a fantastic return," he reflected after the victory at old club Bristol City.

“I think we have six wins from the last eight games now, we’re in a really good place and the confidence in the camp is sky high.

“The gaffer made six changes, some players have featured quite a lot, some players - like Ben Brereton, Johno and Belly - they’ve not really been involved in recent weeks.

“They’ve stepped in and stepped up to the mark, which you have to do to give the manager a headache and push to play every week.

“I just love playing for this football club and I’ll run through a brick wall for this manager. I’m delighted to be playing in this team and wearing the captain’s armband to lead this group, it’s an amazing honour for me.

Johnson bagged the first with a thumping strike that nearly broke the net inside the opening two minutes in the south-west, before the same player set up substitute Armstrong for the clincher against the Robins.

And Bennett believes Rovers fans saw the best of the 32-year-old against Lee Johnson's side.

“We worked on the move for the first goal in training," he revealed

"The gaffer, Lowey [David Lowe] and Ben Benson, they are massive when it comes to set pieces and thankfully it came off today because it didn’t work in training the day before!

“Snapping into challenges, keeping the ball, scoring a goal, they are the qualities I’ve seen from Bradley Johnson for a long time since our Norwich days.

“He played with aggression in the middle alongside Trav [Lewis Travis], who keep doing what he does. Corry Evans didn’t play and he’s been one of the best players during our good run as well.

“Johno knows that he has to come to the party and now the gaffer has a decision to make about which two he picks.

“Brad’s done great and the team has done really well to go to Bristol City and win.

“The gaffer has always said it’s a squad game and I felt Ben [Brereton] and Sam [Gallagher] up top did really well.

“I’ve said how proud I am to be part of this club and this dressing room. We try our hardest every week and sometimes it doesn’t come off, but I don’t think anyone can ever question the effort, togetherness and spirit that we show.”

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