Tony Mowbray justifies Dan Butterworth’s selection in Blackburn Rovers loss to QPR

Tony Mowbray has vowed that the time of young Blackburn Rovers forward Dan Butterworth will come after experiencing a tough game in the loss to QPR.

The 22-year-old made his first start of the season for the Rovers last night, having made a few brief substitute appearances so far.

He has been out for most of the 18 months leading up to this season due to a back injury.

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Butterworth received an initial start at Loftus Road alongside Ben Brereton Diaz, but had a rough night against Mark Warubrton’s men, being mostly out of service and a stray touch or two that gave the ball cheap.

Ilias Chair struck as full time approached to secure three points for the hosts, which leaves Blackburn in 11th place in the championship standings right now.

Mowbray explained why he gave Butterworth a starting spot last night and that the potential to make the most of transitions and play at the break might be right for his game.

While the encounter didn’t go like that, Mowbray is confident in the player Butterworth could become in the future and believes his playing hour will come.

Mowbray said: “Butterworth can be an incredible player who can score with both feet and move towards the box; his time will come.

“I felt it was the type of game where he could work really hard out of possession, wait for the transition and score one of the tightest goals we know he can score.

“But they all worked extremely hard, that’s the best thing I can say about tonight.”

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