Louis Jones was happy to take his chance in the starting XI in the Papa John’s Trophy tie against Newcastle United U21s.
The 23-year-old keeper kept a clean sheet and saved a penalty in the shootout to secure Rovers an extra point at the Eco-Power Stadium.
On grabbing the opportunity with both hands:
“I was keen to take my chance, I felt really good in training in the build-up so it was good to get some minutes under my belt.
“You have to be patient as a goalkeeper and I think I have been, it’s all about waiting for your chance to come and taking it when it does.
“Speaking to some of the lads in the changing rooms we have to be pleased with the clean sheet and the bonus point as well.
“I thought we deserved it, it’s a bit of a similar one to my debut a couple of years ago because I saved one in the shootout then too.
“Things do repeat themselves in football and it’s come full circle, the one player we managed to do some homework on for the penalties was the one I got down to.”
On working with goalkeeping coach Ian Bennett:
“It’s been really nice and refreshing having Benno come in. I obviously worked with Paul Gerrard for a long time here and then Steve Hernandez came in who I’d known for a while as well.
“It’s good to have some new ideas and different outlooks, that is the way to improve as a keeper by picking up bits from different people.
“I worked with Gez for a long time and we had a good relationship to the point where I knew what he was going to say before he said it.
“When a new coach comes in he might see me differently and things he wants me to work on, and he’s been really good with working closely on my game.”