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A confident Nuttall is a real asset

“Joe will want to stay and compete with Danny to get in the team"

14 January 2019

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Tony Mowbray has urged Joe Nuttall to keep doing what he's been doing after the in form striker scored his first Championship goal against Millwall on Saturday.

Nuttall, who hadn't featured in a first team squad since September, made an impact in the capital from the start, and was rewarded with a late goal to open the scoring at The Den.

And Mowbray admits he's now got a headache with the striker, who has garnered plenty of interest in his services in the last couple of weeks.

“There must be around 20 teams who have rung me up desperate to take Joe Nuttall on loan," Mowbray began.

“He hit a slow spell after starting off his Rovers career on fire. His work rate, in my opinion, dropped a little bit.

“He wasn’t running in behind as much, he wanted to show his physicality, coming to the ball.

“He’s best when he’s running towards goal, running onto things."

Nuttall's goals in recent weeks have helped Damien Johnson's Under-23s to victories, and Mowbray added that Johnson deserves praise for the striker's revival.

“Damien’s worked with him, not me. He’s built his confidence back up and he deserves a lot of credit for building him up to a level to get back in our team.

“Joe will want to stay and compete with Danny to get in the team. If he continues to play as he did today, there will be times where I will have to say to Danny “you’re sitting behind me today”. That would be a good thing."

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