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Davenport: Great to get out there

“It felt very good and was an overdue moment that I’ve been waiting a long time for"

8 May 2019

It's been a long wait for a first team debut for young midfielder Jacob Davenport, but he certainly made an impression when his maiden appearance did come around against Swansea City on the last day of the season.

After signing from Manchester City in the summer to become Tony Mowbray's second signing of the window, Davenport's had an injury-hit first campaign at Ewood Park.
 
The 20-year-old has spent the last couple of months or so as a regular in Damien Johnson's Development Squad to get himself back up to speed, and was called upon early by Mowbray against the Swans at the weekend.
 
After Elliott Bennett was forced off through injury just before the half hour mark, Davenport's opportunity came, slotting into midfield alongside Corry Evans, with Lewis Travis shifting across to right back.
 
And Jacob was thrilled to get his chance to impress in front of over 16,000 at Ewood.
 
“It felt very good and was an overdue moment that I’ve been waiting a long time for," the midfielder beamed to iFollow Rovers.
 
“It was nice to get out there on the pitch and play for the club.
 
“I wasn’t expecting to get the minutes that I did. Unfortunately Benno picked up an injury and had to come off, which gave me my chance to play an hour.
 
“I thought my strike was in," he added when he discussed his long-range half volley that had to be expertly beaten away by Kristoffer Nordfeldt in the second half.
 
"As soon as it left my foot I felt there was a chance, but credit to the goalkeeper for making a very good save.
 
“We had chances to win the game, but it wasn’t to be in the end. That extra last bit was missing, but hopefully next season we can rectify that."

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