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Posted Saturday, August 10th 2019

'A great feeling' - Rowe

Tommy Rowe is off and running in City colours with his late goal securing a point against Birmingham City on Saturday (August 10th).

Rowe’s strike came in front of the travelling supporters and he described the moment he and his teammates were able to celebrate with those who made the trip to the Midlands.

He also explained how they influenced the Robins on the pitch as they rallied to secure the point.

“It’s a great feeling,” Rowe told the club website after scoring the goal on his debut. “I’ve been excited to make my debut throughout pre-season. We gave our all, we got the point in the end and it’s a great feeling.

“It was amazing because in those moments it is so important that we celebrate with the supporters. It’s a long way to travel and they made it a great atmosphere.

“To have them there really spurred us on in the second half, our pace and play was quicker. Another ten minutes and we might have nicked it at the end but we’ll take the point with all the new players. More importantly we will take the growth and what we have learned today.”

Rowe was one of four debutants at St Andrew’s, with Pedro Pereira, Ádám Nagy and Benik Afobe also handed starts by Lee Johnson.

The versatile left-back/midfielder continued: “It was a good game, we would have liked the three points, I’m sure everyone would have. It was more about the team coming together, working on cohesion and unity.

“We have four new players making their debuts today but we showed togetherness, we stuck at it. This isn’t an easy place to play and we knew that ahead of kick-off. We had some good spells, and spells where, over time, the training sessions and other games will allow us to come together and improve.

“That’s a real positive from this game, we’ve shown at the end to get the equaliser as a new group, that can take us a long way. It’s a long season, we wanted the three points and we’re devastated not to get it but we showed a lot of growth in one game and we know we will improve.”

The Robins now prepare to take on QPR in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night before the Hoops head to Ashton Gate in the Sky Bet Championship next weekend.

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