Jason Steele determined to retain Blackburn Rovers jersey

Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Jason Steele

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Blackburn goalkeeper Jason Steele is desperate to remain as the club’s first-choice shot-stopper after forcing his way back into the side.

Steele has managed five clean sheets in 11 games and hopes to remain in the XI, having been overlooked at the start of the season as boss Gary Bowyer gave 20-year-old Spaniard David Roya a chance.

Rovers were held to a 1-1 draw at Ewood Park by Brentford on Saturday and Steele believes he was unlucky not to pick up another shut-out.

“I’m pleased with how I’m playing and how many clean sheets I’ve had and I think on another day, with a little bit more luck, I would have had another one on Saturday,” he told the Lancashire Telegraph.

“I thought I’d genuinely saved it. I just spread myself and I thought I got enough on it. But that’s football.

“I’m pleased, but I know I’ve got to keep going and keep proving the manager’s decision wrong. It did come as a surprise [being on the bench for the first five Championship games of the season] because I came back really fit and hungry. It was a bit of a setback not to start and hopefully I can keep proving him wrong.”

Steele feels he will have to remain on top form to keep his place in the starting line-up due to the competition within the Blackburn squad.

Roya and Simon Eastwood are also pushing for the goalkeeper’s spot and Steele is well aware the duo are more than capable of taking his place.

He added: “You probably won’t find a club in this division which has got three as good keepers as we have here. It’s great for the manager to have the options.”

Blackburn, who are 16th in the table with 17 points from 16 games, are 26.00 to be promoted or 201.00 to win the Championship outright.

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