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03 March 2018 Venue bet365 Stadium Attendance

Kick off 14:00 (UK)

Stoke City PL2
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Blackburn Rovers PL2

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Preview: Stoke City U23s v Rovers U23s

Johnson's table-toppers head to the Potteries on Saturday

2 March 2018

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Following progression in the Premier League Cup last time out, Damien Johnson's Development Squad head to Stoke City on Saturday with the aim of cementing their place at the top of Premier League 2.

Johnson is likely to still be without Joe Rankin-Costello, who remains injured, whilst Dan Butterworth is another expected to not be included due to injury.

Lewis Travis' availability for the first team means he's unlikely to play a part in the Potteries, with Tony Mowbray's side hosting Wigan just over 24 hours later.

Fellow midfielder Willem Tomlinson is another who could be in contention, again depending on Mowbray's squad selection for Sunday.

Opponents Stoke come into the game on the back of two wins from their last two games, but haven't played domestically since February 17th, so may have to shake off a little rustiness.

The Potters currently sit two places above bottom side West Brom, with 16 points from 16 games, under the guidance of former Burnley player Wade Elliott.

Tyrese Campbell, along with Rovers skipper Lewis Hardcastle is in the running for the Premier League 2 Player of the Month award for February and is expected to feature for the hosts, whose first team are playing at Southampton the same day.

After scoring a hat-trick against Fulham in the last outing, 18-year-old Campbell was rewarded with a place on the bench in the Premier League game at Leicester last week, under the stewardship of former Rovers boss Paul Lambert.

The game at Stoke's Bet365 Stadium kicks off at 2pm. Entry costs £2 for adults and £1 for concessions.

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Match Reports

Report: Stoke U23s 0 Rovers U23s 1

Simmonds' early goal proves the difference in the Potteries for table-topping Rovers

5 March 2018

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Rovers Under-23s returned to winning ways in Premier League 2, as Okera Simmonds’ first goal for the club earned all three points at Stoke City on Saturday.

Played at Stoke’s home ground, the bet365 Stadium, the hosts included Saido Berhino and Kevin Wimmer in their lineup, whose prices combined totalled £30m. 

A fast start from Rovers saw Damien Johnson’s side take the lead inside the opening three minutes, as Simmonds' strike deflected in and past City stopper Josef Bursik.
Rovers were awaiting a Stoke response, which didn’t come until the 18th minute, as Jacob Twyford blazed well over Andy Fisher’s upright.
Fisher was called into action soon after when he denied Berahino from finding an equaliser, whilst up the other end, Lewis Mansell went close to adding to Rovers’ tally but could only prod wide of the target after being picked out by John Buckley.
Stoke came again and Cameron McJannet kept Fisher busy, with the stopper forced into a low save before half time.
After the break, Mansell could have extended Rovers’ advantage but again was wasteful after latching onto Jack Evans’ good cross.
It was an entertaining game, and after Berahino fed Ryan Hill with a lovely pass, the Stoke youngster could only first into the side-netting rather than between the posts.
A few more home chances followed, but Rovers defended resolutely, and Fisher now has five clean sheets in his last five outings, helping Johnson’s charges to continue their assault on the title.
Stoke: Bursik, Edwards, McJannet, Sorensen, Banks, Wimmer, Twyford (Hill, 46), Shenton, Berahino, Jarvis (Pemberton, 16), Szereto, (Greenidge, 46).
Unused substitutes: Allen, Collins.
Rovers: Fisher, Carter, Evans, Tomlinson, Magloire, Doyle, Buckley, Hardcastle (c), Mansell, Simmonds, Vale.
Unused substitutes: Thompson, Albinson, Barnes, Dolan, Wilson.

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