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Chance To Impress

4 October 2016

Striker Liam wants to take opportunity with both hands.

Liam Mandeville was under no illusions as to how far a good showing against Derby County in the Checkatrade Trophy would go towards his first team chances.

With John Marquis suspended for Saturday’s home game against Barnet - after picking up five yellow cards - Mandeville is eager to force his way in to contention.

“I want to get as many appearances as I can, hopefully 20 appearances, maybe more and then grab as many goals as I can to help the team out and help us get promoted to League One,” he said.

“Every year I just want to get more. John and Willo (Andy Williams) are on fire at the moment and I know that it’s difficult to break through so I want to learn off them and take my chance when I come on and hope I do well.

“With the players we’ve got on our team playing well it’s hard to break in to the starting XI but these games give me the opportunity to show the gaffer I can play.”

The nineteen-year-old underlined the hunger within the Rovers squad and said that hopefully the impressive league form will rub off in the Checkatrade Trophy.

“It’s been a good start, we’re second in the league and hopefully we can get promoted,” he said.

“We just take every game as it comes. We take it (the Derby fixture) as a proper game and we want to go as far as we can and we want to win as much as we can this year so I’m looking forward to it.

“It’s going to be a tough game but we won the first one, a win here and that’d definitely help us to qualify for the next round. Two wins out of three and you’d hope to go through.

“It helps the younger lads – like myself – get some starting experience.”

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