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Deadly Dack so crucial for us

“I see a kid who just enjoys playing football, wants to score goals and enjoys playing with his mates"

29 November 2019

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Bradley Dack will chalk up two career milestones should he start at Stoke City on Saturday and Tony Mowbray has heaped praise on the in form forward ahead of the trip to Staffordshire.

The 25-year-old is set for his 100th Rovers start in all competitions this weekend since signing from Gillingham and also his 300th club career appearance.

Dack's been in red hot form this week with a brace against Barnsley quickly followed up with the winning strike against Brentford a few days later for his ninth goal of the season.

He's got history at the bet365 Stadium too, having scored in the 3-2 triumph there last term, and the boss will be hoping that lightning can strike twice in the Potteries.

“I see a kid who just enjoys playing football, wants to score goals and enjoys playing with his mates," Mowbray said when 

“I do understand that he has a special talent, Brad’s integral and we all love him. He’s working hard and enjoys playing for this football club, working with the lads who he’s played with for the last two-and-a-half years.

“It’s a big day for him on Saturday, hopefully he can score another goal and keep himself ticking along.

“He’s in good form at the moment and if a chance comes his way then I’m sure he will take it."

The playmaker's going onto the pitch with a smile at the moment and the boss is hoping that the grin will remain etched across the number 23's face for a few weeks yet.

“When he’s happy and smiling you know he’s on his game," Mowbray added.

"Other times he’s a bit grumpy, and he’s allowed to be because he’s a human being.

“Like all of us, we have issues at home, things that we’re not happy about, things that irritate you, and Bradley’s like all of us.

“On matchdays we intend to get him in the right frame of mind for the benefit of the team and recently he’s been doing very, very well.

“You have to talk to all footballers, let them know your feelings and see what’s wrong, why they might not be happy. You have to help them.

“They’re human beings and carry emotions with them. Bradley’s emotions are a bit more transparent because he’s so bright and effervescent.

“If he’s not then I generally want to know what’s wrong," he added.

“We love him at this football club. Not just the management staff, the players, everybody in the building loves him because he’s a wonderful individual, so we just have to keep him going."

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