How a disappointing afternoon for Rovers saw Lewis Travis’ career spark to life

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Cast your mind back to exactly two years ago today, as Rovers headed to Sheffield United, looking for their first win in five matches.

After Chris Basham was sent off for a second booking just five minutes after the restart, Rovers looked in pole position to take all three points away from Bramall Lane.

However, Richie Smallwood was dismissed with around twenty minutes left to balance up the numbers on the pitch, and the Blades took advantage by scoring three quickfire goals to take all three points.

It was a disappointing away day, and sections of the following were questioning Tony Mowbray’s position at the club, with the defeat the fifth of Rovers’ last eight matches.

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But, in all the doom and gloom of another defeat, a positive of the day was the performance of the then-21-year-old midfielder Lewis Travis, making only his sixth league appearance of the season and his first league start for the club.

To put it simply, Travis was a breath of fresh air in the midfield.

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Smallwood, who was a major figure in the side that gained promotion a year earlier, had been struggling to adapt to the Championship, and Travis brought something different.

He brought a level of maturity rarely seen in a player of his age, and his willingness to put his body on the line was well received by the travelling Rovers faithful – it was no coincidence that no player on the pitch made more blocks than Travis’ four that afternoon.

The performance that day, coupled with Smallwood’s dismissal, was the start of Lewis Travis’ stay in the team, with the midfielder featuring in 21 of Rovers’ final 22 league games that season, with only two of those appearances coming off the bench.

Since then, Travis has been a constant fixture of the Rovers side before the cruel injury he picked up back in September keeping him out of action until the early months of next year at the earliest.

Lewis Travis is everything that Blackburn Rovers fans love. A player that the academy has brought through, someone who gives his all for the shirt and will put his body on the line.

Undoubtedly, his return to the side will be a much-welcomed one, and hopefully Rovers’ results will move in the right direction when Travis is back in the Blue and White halves.

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