JAMES Husband says his burgeoning partnership with fellow left back Tommy Spurr is helping him develop into a key player for Rovers.
The youth team product looks set for a third consecutive start for Rovers tomorrow when they host on-form Yeovil Town.
And Husband believes his growing understanding with ‘mentor’ Spurr – who he calls the best full back in League One – will help Rovers recover from their recent wobble.
“I get on with Tommy really well and that’s a big help,” Husband said.
“If I need anything, I’ll talk to him. Even on the pitch while we’re playing he talks to me an awful lot. It’s a bit easier for us to play together.
“That understanding is there because we both play in the same position. I know what he wants an visa versa.
“I know what I’d want a left midfielder to do if I was playing full back. Hopefully this will make us become more solid defensively and attacking wise it’ll be less off the cuff.”
The 19-year-old has started 21 games this season but only two of them have come since the turn of the year.
He returned to the starting XI when Brian Flynn opted to freshen the side up following consecutive defeats against Bury and Walsall, replacing an out-of-sorts Kyle Bennett on the left wing.
Husband says he has been happy to play the waiting game to secure a place in the side and knows he will have a difficult job in usurping Spurr from his preferred left back position.
He is also delighted with a ‘brilliant’ first season as a senior player. “We’ve got the best full back in the league in Tommy Spurr,” Husband said.
“I’m learning from him every day and I can’t ask for more than that.
“I’m always ready to go if I’m needed. Obviously I’d like to play as much as I can but if the situation is not right for me to come into the side I’m not too downbeat.
“This season has been brilliant for me, it’s been a great experience so far.
“I learned a hell of a lot from when Dean Saunders was here and I’m learning a lot from Brian Flynn.
Husband grabbed his first senior goal in the dour 1-1 draw at Crawley Town on Monday night.
He admitted his opportunistic back post diving header was out of the ordinary for him. But his delight at scoring was tempered by the disappointing performance from Rovers.
He said: “I’m really happy with the goal but more importantly we just didn’t play to our full potential.
“We were all absolutely gutted at the end of the game because we knew in our hearts we’d not been at the races.
Husband expects Rovers’ current poor run of form to end soon and there is no need to press the panic button with the current blip.
And he says the visit of League One’s form side on Saturday to provide the catalyst for a performance to take Rovers to the top of the table.
He said: “The couple of weeks have just been a blip and we’re in a position where it’s still ours to lose.
“There’s 14 games left and we have to win as many of them as possible.
“We’ve not got ourselves in this position for no reason – if we carry on with what we’ve been doing for the rest of the season we’ll be right there where we want to be.”
“We’ll go out against Yeovil and give a good account and we’ll look to be top of the league on Saturday night.”