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I can't be too critical

26 November 2014

Under-21s boss Eric Kinder hopes his young side take on board the lessons learnt from Tuesday night's Lancashire Senior Cup loss to Manchester United.

Rovers were no match for a strong United outfit who ran out comfortable 5-0 winners at Leigh Sports Village.

Rovers responded well to going behind to an early Will Keane goal, with Devarn Green twice going close, but further first half strikes from Ander Herrera and Andreas Pereira put the visitors in command.

The second half saw United control the game with substitute Josh Rothwell adding two further goals to ensure it was the Red Devils who progressed to the semi-final stage.

"When you are up against players of that calibre, if you give it away you don't get it back for a long time," said Kinder after the game.

"In the second half they got and they were quite happy to keep it.

"We have to look at the DVD again and if we can't learn from that then we are foolish.

"When you see their team-sheet you wonder what it is going to finish, but I thought 3-0 was a bit harsh at half-time. In the second half they could have had three or four and I could have accepted that.

"Devarn has a great effort early on, and there's another couple bouncing around the box so we caused them a few problems.

"But you look at the quality that they have, their second goal was scored by a lad that went to Manchester United for £29m and he's on the same pitch as our Academy lads so you can't be too critical.

"It was always going to be difficult, if we want to get better then we have to play better players and better teams."

The Under-21s are back in league action this coming Monday evening when they take on Newcastle United at Leigh Sports Village, kick-off 7.00pm.

Season ticket holders can see the game for free on production of their season ticket card. General admission prices are £4 adults, £2 concessions.

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