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Jones: I knew I had to be ready

3 March 2021

Louis Jones says he was determined to take his chance after making his league debut in Rovers’ 2-1 win over Portsmouth in Sky Bet League One.

The 22-year-old was handed a start in manager Andy Butler’s first game in charge, and says he knew he had to be ready. 

He said: “I had an idea that I might be playing with the new manager coming in so I prepared like I would for any matchday. 

“There have been times when I’ve been really close but I’ve just had to be patient and wait for my time to come. 

"It means a lot to me, it’s been a long time coming and something I’ve wanted to happen since I came through the ranks here.” 

Despite being disappointed not to earn a clean sheet, Jones felt the team performance was an impressive one. 

He added: “I thought some of our play was outstanding, we pressed really well and how we played out from the back under pressure was excellent. 

“We had possession and used it in a good way, the creative players made good runs and caused Portsmouth some real problems. 

“There is a lot of composure and trust within the group and we know we have players who can look after the ball in tight areas.” 

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