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Premier League Cup preview: Cardiff U23s v Rovers U23s

A look ahead to the cup clash in the Welsh capital

21 February 2018

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The games continue to come thick and fast for Damien Johnson's Development Squad, who head to Cardiff on Thursday afternoon to tackle the Bluebirds in the Premier League Cup.

The group stages of Group B are tight and Rovers know a win will see them leapfrog table-topping Southampton and onto the top of the group.

But Cardiff can also gain greatly from a win, with the three points putting them above Rovers and into second place in the group.

The last meeting between the two in this competition certainly had plenty of entertainment value, with a Joe Nuttall brace either side of a Dan Butterworth strike saw Rovers score three times at Leyland.

But the visitors grabbed a trio of goals themselves, with Callum Paterson - now a first fixture in the first team under Neil Warnock - scored a hat-trick to share the spoils back in October 2017.

In terms of team news, it's highly likely that Joe Nuttall will be involved against the Bluebirds, whilst Lewis Travis will also play a part due to still being suspended for first team games.

New signing Okera Simmonds is expected to be in the squad, as could be Oliver Byrne, who only signed last week, ironically from Cardiff.

But Joe Rankin-Costello is likely to be missing due to injury, with the midfielder unavailable for the last few games.

Cardiff have won three of their last four games coming into this one, but their last result was a 1-0 defeat to local rivals Bristol City.

The game at the Leckwith Athletics Stadium in Cardiff on Thursday 22nd February, kicks-off 12pm.

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Report: Cardiff U23s 0 Rovers U23s 3

Young Rovers go top of the group in the Premier League Cup and with it head into the last 16 stages

22 February 2018

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Two early goals ensured Damien Johnson's Development Squad progressed to the last 16 stage o the Premier League Cup after a comfortable win at Cardiff City.

Two strikes inside the opening 10 minutes from Tyler Magloire and Lewis Mansell put Rovers in command in south Wales.

And Joe Nuttall put the cherry on top of the cake by bagging Rovers' third and his 19th of the season in all competitions.

A lightning quick start from the visitors saw Nuttall himself go close only a few minutes in, before Magloire bagged the opener just six minutes into the encounter.

Ogo Obi went close to finding a quick-fire equaliser for the hosts when he fired just past the post, but Mansell doubled the lead soon after for Johnson's charges.

Cardiff were desperate for the next goal, and Obi hit the post just after Willem Tomlinson fired wide of the target for Rovers in an action-packed first half in the Welsh capital.

Rovers wanted to the kill the game as soon as possible, and only a brilliant save from Hugo Keto denied Magloire from grabbing his second and the visitors’ third.

But the Finnish 'keeper had no chance just three minuted later as Nuttall found the net after Cameron Coxe blocked his first attempt.

Rovers had to stay professional, and kept up the tempo to their credit, with Mansell firing wide from just inside the box before being denied by Keto with eight minutes to go.

The hosts went close to finding a consolation late on, but Mark Harris hit wide from a narrow angle.

As it was, Rovers ran out comfortable winners and with it, went top of the group to progress in the competition.

Johnson’s side are next in action on Monday 26th February against Southampton at the Lancashire FA HQ in Leyland, kick-off 7pm.

Cardiff City U23s: Keto, Coxe, Abbruzzese, Young, Watson, P. McKay, Gyasi (Waite, 46), Walters (Margetson, 46), Obi, M. Harris, Davidson-Miller (Humphries, 75).

Unused substitutes: Burwood.

Rovers: Fisher, Doyle (Carter, 67), Evans (Thompson, 77), Tomlinson, Magloire, Grayson, Travis, Hardcastle (c) (Buckley, 67), Nuttall, Simmonds, Mansell.

Unused substitutes: Albinson.

Goals: Magloire, 6, Mansell, 10, Nuttall, 54

*Photo courtesy of Carl Robertson (@ciacimages). 

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