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Wright: It's good to be back

28 January 2020

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Joe Wright says he is happy to put his injury troubles behind him after enjoying a run of starts for Rovers over the past couple of months.

Wright returned to the side after ankle and knee injuries either side of the summer, seeing playing time limited as a result, however, upon his return, he has since gone on to form a strong partnership with Tom Anderson which has seen Rovers pick up five clean sheets in their last seven games.

“It’s felt good to have a nice run in the team and be back playing, it’s something that I’ve really been enjoying and long may that continue, the end of last season and the beginning of this one was frustrating so it’s good to be able to put that behind me,” he said.

“Tom’s been great to play with, he’s been immense all season, he’s been a brick wall really, the good thing about him is that he’s very humble and very hard working, and I’m sure he’ll carry on playing well.

“Me and Tom often do extra work together after training, we work on various parts of our game, he really pushes me on and I think a lot of the success has come from that, we just want to carry that on now.”

Another factor in Rovers’ recent defensive success is that of goalkeeper Seny Dieng who is on a season-long loan from QPR, and Wright says having someone like the Swiss stopper between the sticks is a big help to the back four.

“Personally I believe he’s one of the best in this league, his ability to come for crosses really takes the pressure off the back four at times, it’s incredible really, especially in games where we’ve come under the cosh a bit,” he added.

“You look at the game against Oxford, and then the one at Sunderland on Friday in the second half of both games, it wasn’t backs to the wall but we held our shape well to defend and there was times where he came out to collect the ball and slow the game down.

“He’s unbelievable really and he’s made some top quality saves too, I think we’re all confident having him behind us and communicating well, being strong and he’s really reassuring to have at the back.”

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