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Watters pleased with personal progression

30 January 2020

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Max Watters believes his brace against Aston Villa U23s will give him confidence heading into the remainder of the season.

Rovers U23s ran out 4-0 winners over the Category One Academy side from Birmingham to secure their place in the knockout stages of the Premier League Cup.

“I thought it was a brilliant performance,” he said.

“We stayed compact, didn’t let them play out from the back and pressed well. It was good to get a couple of goals – it’ll boost my confidence a bit but it was the boys performance that helped me get the goals.

“We’ve had four wins out of five in this competition so we’re progressing well as a group. Gary McSheffrey has helped us a lot with the young lads coming through, so it’s been good.”

Watters has appeared off the bench for the first team in recent games and believes that 2019/20 has been his best season in a Rovers shirt.

“I’ve always said I want to push into the first team, get on the bench and try to get some minutes. From the start of December I’ve started to get that,” he added.

“Now I just need to push on even further. It’s a big year for me, I just need to keep pushing, keep working harder and hopefully it’ll pay off.

“It’s a big step up but it builds your confidence and gets you to strive to do better. Coming on against Sunderland was a brilliant experience, on Sky Sports as well, in a great stadium with a lot of fans. That was brilliant.”

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