KYLE Bennett must begin to fulfil his potential soon according to Rovers boss Brian Flynn.
That strike was Bennett’s first goal since August and only his third of the season, a record Flynn described as ‘a little disappointing.’
Flynn said: “Kyle’s record is not great this year. We know he can do better.
“Maybe there is time for him before the end of the season to improve that.
“There comes a time when you have to realise your potential and that time is coming very quickly for Kyle.”
The 22-year-old has been named as a substitute for the last four games, and although praising him for his impact after coming on at Shrewsbury, Flynn says Bennett will have a tough time dislodging the players currently ahead of him.
“Kyle has got talent but there’s competition for places right now,” Flynn said.
“James Husband has scored two goals in three games and hopefully he’ll carry on and make it three in four.
“You find that when players get on goalscoring form, they find themselves in the right positions.
“Kyle might have to show that off the bench.
“On Tuesday he did exactly what you want of your substitutes.
“I told the lads when I came in, just as I’ve done at my other clubs, that a game of football is 14v14.
“The players coming in have to make an impact and there is no better way than scoring an injury time winner.
Husband may not be the player keeping Bennett out of the side as Flynn sees him operating more centrally in the future, rather than the wide role he has often occupied in the past.
Flynn said: “I think Kyle’s best position is an attacking midfield player rather than out wide.
“He’s better coming from deep rather than being on the wing, though he can play on either side.
“Long term, I see him as a slightly withdrawn attacking midfielder.”
Flynn confirmed that Paul Keegan will miss tomorrow’s clash with Hartlepool United at the Keepmoat after suffering a dead leg during the first half of Tuesday’s game.
Keegan only returned last weekend from the same problem with the same leg but could be ready once again for next Tuesday’s trip to MK Dons.
Flynn said: “Paul’s pretty sore at the moment but he’s shown he comes back very quickly.
“He’s determined to do that and come back fit. Time running out for Kyle
“He’s been unlucky to suffer the same injury twice in recent weeks but if it improves at the rate of the previous one, there’s a big likelihood he could make the MK Dons game.