SAMUEL: I PRE­FER IT WHEN GAF­FER SHOUTS!

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Jack Miller

MANY play­ers dread the sound of their man­ager’s boom­ing voice from the side­lines, but for new Black­burn Rovers sign­ing Do­minic Samuel it is mu­sic to his ears.

The 23-year-old striker notched his first goal in a Rovers jersey on Tues­day night at the Ri­coh Arena in the 3-1 Carabao Cup win over Coven­try City.

Man­ager Tony Mow­bray was not afraid to let his play­ers know what he thought from the touch­line dur­ing that clash, but hav­ing worked with him be­fore, Samuel in­sists he is rel­ish­ing the chance to im­prove fur­ther.

“I played un­der him a few years ago and I know what’s he’s like,” said Samuel, who scored six goals in 12 starts un­der Mow­bray at Coven­try in 2014/15.

“It’s not a bad thing that he’s shout­ing at you dur­ing the game.

“He’s help­ing you be­cause he can see from the sides things you can’t.

“It’s only a prob­lem when he stops shout­ing at you be­cause you know that you’ve an­noyed him, so I look at it as a good thing.

“I played my best foot­ball un­der him, so all the things he says to me I al­ways take on board. I never looked at it as a bad thing.

“Even af­ter the game has fin­ished, I al­ways think about what he’s said and take it into the next game.”

Af­ter his £500,000 move from Reading, Samuel is look­ing to tap into ev­ery re­source avail­able to him at Ewood Park, with 31-yearold striker Danny Gra­ham an­other man to look to­wards.

Samuel said: “He’s an ex­pe­ri­enced player, had a great ca­reer, and play­ers like him you can al­ways learn from.

“Even af­ter games, you can go up to him and ask about things such as po­si­tion­ing and when to shoot.

“When you have ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers like that, you need to learn as much as you can from them.”

HUN­GRY: Do­minic Samuel

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