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Arma aiming to hunt down his half-century

The forward wants to celebrate his 200th career club appearance with a 50th goal of his career

4 October 2019

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He scored 20 goals in his first spell under Tony Mowbray at Coventry and the same number in the blue-and-white of Rovers so far.

And on Saturday Adam Armstrong will be looking to mark a half-century of strikes on what will be his 200th career appearance - if selected.

For someone so young, both are impressive numbers to reach for the 22-year-old, who impressed in an intial half-season loan at Rovers in 2017-18 before signing permanently soon after.

The number 7 has been in good form in recent weeks; netting the opener in the win against Reading before finding the net in the midweek draw with Nottingham Forest.

He's closing in on goal number 50, and he's eager to get it as soon as possible, with the first opportunity coming against Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.

“Let’s hope I can get a goal against QPR to mark what is a big milestone for me," he told iFollow Rovers when acknowledging his figures.

“I just want to keep playing, keep staying injury free and keep developing. I thrived off scoring goals as a youngster and that was all I knew, especially watching Alan Shearer every week.

“I’ve been lucky enough to be around him at Newcastle and everyone at the club, if you were a striker then the pressure would be on to be the next Alan Shearer. It never really works that way.

“It’s nice to have scored a couple of goals recently and I felt they were coming. It was about taking the opportunities when they arrived and luckily I’ve managed to do that in the last few games."

Armstrong was a constant menace to Forest on Tuesday night, but reflects on a disappointing last couple of games results-wise for the team.

But he's hoping to make sure smiles are back on Rovers' faces this weekend.

“We deserved three points against Luton and against Nottingham Forest, but we need to keep plugging away and keep our heads up," he added.

“The results will come. We feel that we’re so close and want to improve every day.

“We need to take each game as it comes and keep the performances high. Everyone knows that anyone can beat anyone on any given day, but we’re hopeful we can put a right good performance in and return with the three points."

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