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Lewis: Lovely to be back out there

Rovers fans were given their first glimpse of Lewis Holtby against Reading

23 September 2019

Lewis Holtby may have only put pen-to-paper on Thursday, but within 48 hours of signing he was out helping Rovers to back-to-back September victories.

The 29-year-old German entered the action with 20 minutes remaining at the Madejski Stadium to help Rovers to a narrow 2-1 win on the road.

The playmaker almost bagged a debut goal too, but saw his close range effort fly just over Rafael Cabral's upright in Berkshire.

But speaking after the game, the former Schalke and Tottenham Hotspur schemer was happy enough to pick up the points on his first outing.

“It's been a while since I last played a game in England and I'm very happy to have helped the team get the three points on my debut," he said reflecting on the game.

“The gaffer gave me a run out and trusted in me to help see the game out.

“Unfortunately I missed a big chance to make the game 3-1, but it was nice to get out there, nice to play with the lads for the first time and to get that win.

“I love being at this club already. There's so much respect from everyone and the lads share my values.

“I thought myself and Bradley [Dack] in particular linked up well at times. He set me up for my chance very well and that's after only two or three sessions with the team.

“Things will click even better over the next weeks and months.

“I now have a full week with the lads to get the legs working and to try to help us keep up our winning streak with two home games to come," he added.

“We'll analyse the performance and look to keep going.”


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