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Rothwell hails 'top class' Rovers display

“It’s down to us to go out there, put in a shift and a display and tonight was a real top class performance from everyone"

28 November 2019

Joe Rothwell deservedly earned the Man of the Match award for an electric display against Brentford on Wednesday night, but the playmaker was quick to heap praise on the whole team after a terrific showing.

Rothwell shone throughout the game, producing a sparkling individual performance and dazzling against The Bees with pace, quick feet, work rate and almost a first goal of the season.

When one-on-one with ex-Rovers goalkeeper David Raya, the Spaniard guessed right to deny his old pal, in what was the only blot of Rothwell's copybook.

He was also involved in the match-winnning moment, playing in Stewart Downing whose cross was perfect for Bradley Dack to notch his ninth of the season in all competitions.

And Rothwell was beaming when engaging in press duties after helping Rovers to back-to-back victories and a first clean sheet in 11 outings.

“It was brilliant from everyone and we all put a real shift in to get the win," he reflected to iFollow Rovers.

“We knew it was going to be a tough game against a team who like to get it down and play, so we knew we had to put ourselves about and upset them.

“They like to move it quick and I felt that falls in our favour really because we’re a side who like to play that style.

“Right from kick-off I thought we were at it and fortunately we managed to hold on to the points at the end.

“I don’t remember too much about the goal apart from Stewy shouting at me to run inside before screaming to get the ball back.

“He put a great ball in to Dacky and we know what he does in that position.

“He went through a bit of a sticky patch towards the start of the season but he’s come back brilliantly. We know with him that when he gets one it’s only a matter of time before he goes on to get a few more.

“He’s doing that now, so long may that continue."

Attacking as one and defending as one, the clean sheet was seen out pretty comfortably in the end, but Rothwell says it's just another positive to take into the weekend trip to Stoke City.

“It’s been a while since we had a clean sheet," he added.

"I’m not sure how many games it’s been but it feels like it’s been a long time coming.

“I’m delighted for the defenders to get one and we managed to get the three points to back Saturday against Barnsley up.

“It wasn’t the greatest performance at the weekend, but tonight we wanted to put more of a show on for the fans and I feel we did just that.

“It’s down to us to go out there, put in a shift and a display and tonight was a real top class performance from everyone.”


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