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Blackburn midfielder must be confident of one day joining Norwich in the PL following weekend display

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In the end, it was always going to be Norwich’s night on Saturday, as they finally confirmed their promotion to the Premier League with a 2-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers at Carrow Road, marking the end of a three year absence from the top flight.

But as The Canaries deservedly partied long and hard into the night, Blackburn themselves could head back up north with their head held high, knowing they hadn’t wilted after conceding two early goals to what was effectively Premier League opposition, little over a year to the day since sealing their own promotion from League One.

One man in particular who will have the right to have been proud with his display in the blue and white halves in East Anglia on Saturday evening is Lewis Travis.

The 21-year-old midfielder made just five appearances in Rovers’ promotion campaign last season, and spent much of the first half of this season on the sidelines as well, until Richie Smallwood’s red card in a 3-0 defeat at Sheffield United at the end of December gave Travis his chance in the first team, and he has barely looked back.

Since stepping to fill the role vacated, at first temporarily by Smallwood, Travis has established himself as arguably Rovers’ most reliable midfielder, both on and off the ball, with his range of passing and will to compete already making him a daunting prospect for opposition sides.

Travis’ performance against Norwich was no different in that sense, and he will have had the extra satisfaction of breaking his senior scoring duck, firing what turned out to be Rovers’ consolation into the bottom corner of Tim Krul’s net, just moments after Marco Vrancic had doubled Norwich’s lead.

It may have been Norwich who took the points, promotion and celebrations with them from Carrow Road on Saturday, but Travis will have left with the knowledge that he has demonstrated his ability to compete with teams that are top flight quality in front of the watching world.

He will know now that he will be heading to that level at some point in his career. Blackburn will desperately hope it is with them.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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