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Blair embracing attacking role

4 October 2018

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After scoring three times in September, Matty Blair believes goals from around the team could be key for Rovers this season.

The 29-year-old put Rovers in front in games against Luton and Plymouth, as well as adding the gloss to the score-line away at Walsall.

He said: “It’s always nice to score, getting on the scoresheet is very rewarding and I’m in a position that allows me to get around the pitch and be more active in a forward area.

“I think it’s an area that demands goals and assists, it’s important that we’re not just relying on our front three to get us goals.

“The manager wants us to shoot when we get an opportunity, even if it’s half a chance it can ricochet in to the path of someone else.”

Blair has been used in a more central role under manager Grant McCann, and says he’s had to adapt to a relatively new position.

He added: “Playing in a more central role requires more touches in and around players whereas before I was on the wing and was only subject to half the pitch.

“Running beyond people is still required in the position I’m in now and there have been times where I’ve had to adapt and do things differently.

“I think everyone including the manager knows that I will play wherever I’m needed, as long as I’m helping the team do well.”

Read more from the interview with midfielder Matty Blair in the eighth edition of the new look matchday magazine at the game against Fleetwood Town on Saturday. Tickets are available from


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