James Hill is eager to keep getting minutes under his belt in the Championship - wherever he is needed on the pitch.

The defender has made four appearances since arriving on loan from Bournemouth and played the full 90 minutes at Coventry in midweek.

Hill usually plays as a centre-back but did an admirable job on the right of defence against Mark Robins’ side.

“I thoroughly enjoyed being out there,” he said. “It is a great honour to represent this massive football club.

“It was very frustrating by the end of the game because it felt like we were on top for most of it and we had lots of chances, but things didn’t quite go our way.”

Hill nearly managed to get on the scoresheet on Wednesday night but was denied by a fine stop by Ben Wilson to tip the ball onto the woodwork.

 “To be fair, it was a great save from the ‘keeper,” he continued. “I don’t think I’ve ever hit a shot like that in my career – not even in Sunday league!

“It was a great opportunity for me to step in. Playing right-back, it isn’t a position I am familiar with but you have got to do a job.

“If the gaffer gives you an opportunity, you have got to give it everything you have got and I will continue to do that – even if I am playing up front or on the wing! You have got to keep working hard and I thought I did well.”

Rovers created some decent openings against Coventry but failed to make them count, which has been a common theme in recent memory.

“I think that is what we need to do more of – keep taking shots – because you don’t know what can come from them,” Hill explained.

“I didn’t realise how far out I was in the moment, I just felt like the opportunity was on to hit it. If the opportunity arises, we will take the shot but if not, we will keep playing our usual game.”

Lancashire Telegraph: Hill battles with Jay Dasilva for possessionHill battles with Jay Dasilva for possession (Image: Camerasport)

Rovers find themselves 20th in the Championship table at this early stage, although few will argue that their performances have warranted more.

“It is very frustrating at times when you don’t get the result that you kind of deserved,” the defender admitted.

“We had a lot of opportunities to score and they didn’t have many, but that is football. This league is so unpredictable at times and anything can happen.

“We played some really good football and I do think it will come. If we keep playing the way we are playing, we will get more good results than bad.

“We are a team who wants to improve every day and the lads are working hard in training. I feel like if we keep playing the way we are, we have got nothing to worry about.

“We just need to stay positive and the results will come. We are 10 games in and there is still a long journey ahead.”

Despite coming up just short, Tomasson’s men looked more solid at the back against Coventry and Hill is confident they are on the right path.

“I think everyone can do a little bit more, nothing is perfect in football,” the England Under-21 defender stated.

“We are creating a lot of chances and sometimes we just need to put it in the back of the net. As a defender, we have got to make sure we are tight at the back and keep the goals out.

“We want clean sheets and I think if we keep creating those chances, shortly it will start to arise for us and we will score more goals.

“We are all working hard and you can see it in our game, we are on the right track and just have to stay patient and keep going.”

The 21-year-old is right at home in Rovers’ young squad, and he insists ability is far more important than experience.

“We are a young team but I believe it is not about if you are old enough, it is about if you are good enough,” he added.

“Everyone has been put on the pitch for the right reasons. We are all good enough to get results and keep clean sheets no matter the age difference.

“Everyone is good enough to step onto the pitch and do a job. Looking at what Jude Bellingham is doing at Real Madrid, it is not really about age or inexperience.

“I am still young and learning, but the gaffer has given me an opportunity to play so that breeds confidence. We are also hungry to learn and I think, over time, that will pay off.”