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23 August 2019 Venue Leyland County Ground Attendance

Kick off 19:00 (UK)

Blackburn Rovers PL2
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Wolverhampton Wanderers PL2

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Preview: Rovers U23s v Wolves U23s

A look ahead to tonight's Premier League 2 clash at Leyland against Wolves

23 August 2019

Rovers take on Wolves at Leyland in the third game of the Premier League 2 season

Billy Barr is expected to name a strong squad for the clash, with senior duo Harry Chapman and Sam Hart both likely to play a part this evening

Chapman has found game time hard to come by so far this season, but featured in the Under-23s' draw with Leicester City on Monday, whilst Hart made his return to action at the King Power Stadium by appearing for the first half against The Foxes.

Another who could feature is Dominic Samuel, who missed Monday's game after picking up an allergic reaction. Samuel has had an injury-hit year following a long-term knee issue, but returned for the Under-23s in their pre-season game against Southport.

A setback has seen the forward unavailable since, but following his recovery from that allergic reaction, the striker is back in contention for a place in the squad.

Joe Grayson scored in the 1-1 draw and will be expecting to keep his place in the side, where he's likely to partner Matty Platt in the heart of the backline.

Barr's side improved with Joe Rankin-Costello playing just behind Jack Vale earlier in the week, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see the versatile midfielder play that role again tonight.

Rovers will be looking to get their first win on the board having lost to Arsenal on the opening night before the draw on Monday evening.

Rob Edwards’ team picked up a point in their home game against last season’s title-winners Everton last time out, having suffered an opening day defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion.

And when previewing the game Barr admitted that he may well rotate his squad.

“We had disappointed lads on the bench at Leicester, and looking ahead to Friday I honestly have no idea what the team will be," Barr said after Monday's game when looking ahead to the encounter against Wolves. 
“Dominic had an allergic reaction the other day, which ruled him out of action for the game, but he may be available to us for Friday."

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Match Reports

Report: Rovers U23 1-2 Wolves U23s

A late strike sees nine-man Rovers go down to the odd goal in three at Leyla

23 August 2019

A late strike from Taylor Perry ensured Wolves got a first win of the season against a battling nine-man Rovers at Leyland.

After Matty Platt and then Charley Doyle were handed each handed an early bath, Perry crashed home in the final minute of normal time.

The Rovers pair saw red just minutes after Harry Chapman has levelled the score for thehosts in a fiery second half at the Lancashire FA HQ.

After a goalless first half, the game sprung into life with Meritan Shabani's opener, prior to Chapman's pinpoint finish for the equaliser.

Barr handed outings to first team trio Sam Hart, Chapman and Dominic Samuel, who all gave themselves a fitness boost with game time

The visitors had the first opportunity of the game inside the opening 10 minutes, with Benny Ashley-Seal firing wide of Joe Hilton's right-hand post from just inside the box.

At the other end, the returning Samuel smashed an effort from range that flew past the upright in a lively start at Leyland.

The visitors almost took the lead through Shabani, but the midfielder fired wide of the target 10 minutes before the break.

The best chance for Rovers came from rampaging left back Lewis Thompson, but the youngster's excellent solo run ended in a cross-shot that just evaded Stefan Mols at the back post.

But just five minutes after the interval the visitors grabbed the advantage, with Shabani in the right place at the right time to turn home a cross from John Kitolano.

But Rovers bounced back almost instantly, with Chapman rifling into the bottom corner from the edge of the box to equalise.

However, just seconds later and Barr's boys were reduced to 10 men when Platt was shown a straight red card for a cynical challenge on Kitolano in the middle of the park.

The cause wasn't helped just moments later when Doyle was shown a second yellow for a late challenge, leaving Rovers to play the final 23 minutes with nine men.

Wolves were pushing up searching for a winner, with Lewis Richards seeing Hart in the way of his goalbound strike, before a brilliant block from Tom White denied Elliot Watt from inside.

Rovers were defending well and putting their bodies on the line, with Watt slicing over with just a couple of minutes remaining.

But just as it looked like the home side would bravely hold on to a battling point, Perry smashed into the bottom corner in the final minute of normal time to break Rovers' hearts.

Rovers are next in action on Friday 30th August at Brighton & Hove Albion, kick-off 7pm.

Rovers U23s: Hilton, Doyle, Thompson, White, Platt (c), Grayson, Mols, Lyons, Samuel (Brennan, 46 (Barnes, 68), Chapman (Annesley, 82), Hart.

Unused substitutes: Eastham, Jackson.

Goal: Chapman, 58

Booked: Doyle, 32, 67, Mols, 90

Sent off: Platt, 60, Doyle, 67

Wolves Under-23s: Sondergaard, Buur (Thompson, 77), Nya (Cristovao, 56), Francis, Kitolano, Perry, Watt, Ashley-Seal, Jordao (Diallo, 46), Shabani.

Unused substitutes: Dai, Samuels.

Goal: Shabani, 51

Booked: Nya, 16, Perry, 71, Richards, 90.



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