Rowe keen to kick on after his impressive full debut
Danny Rowe is determined to kick on from his impressive full debut for Ipswich Town.
The 25-year-old winger saw his opportunities restricted by minor hip and groin injuries following a £100k switch from National League side Macclesfield Town at the end of January.
An eye-catching brief cameo in the 3-1 defeat at Cardiff was followed up by a very encouraging full debut in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Rotherham, but the Mancunian is not getting carried away by the praise and knows the hard work starts now.
“I had four or five chances I should have done better with – I’m quite hard on myself like that,” he said. “The one in the second half, that bounced on the edge of the box, I put it onto my left and I’m devastated with that one. I should have done better.
“I was a bit inconsistent with my set-pieces too and the gaffer had a word with me about that after the game.
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“I put in a shift though and hopefully the more I play, the better I’ll become.”
Blues boss Mick McCarthy made nine changes for last Saturday’s dead rubber at the New York Stadium, but has said he will return to a full-strength side for this Saturday’s visit of promotion-chasing Sheffield Wednesday.
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“It has been a bit of a frustrating start for me here,” said Rowe, who has signed a long-term deal until 2020. “I’ve jumped three leagues and maybe getting used to the pace caused one or two niggles which set me back.
“Another side of it was the gaffer changed the shape, which we needed to do at the time, and so we didn’t have wingers. I’ll play anywhere, but there wasn’t really a role for me at that time.
“He’s changed it again now and so hopefully I can get a few more chance if I keep working hard.”
Rowe, whose older brother Tommy is the ex-Peterborough and current Doncaster midfielder, added: “Obviously it’s a big step up, but I feel comfortable. I just want to get playing and doing what I know I can do.
“To think I’m going to come straight into the team and be brilliant straight away is not going to be the case, but I’ll keep working hard and I’m sure I’ll come good.
“There are two games left, then it’s massive for me to have a good summer, come back fit and hit the ground running in pre-season to give myself as good a chance as possible of being involved next season.”