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Kinder pleased with cup progress

10 September 2014

Under-21s boss Eric Kinder was pleased to see his side progress in the Lancashire Senior Cup on Tuesday afternoon.

The young Rovers defeated Preston North End 1-0 courtesy of Darragh Lenihan's first half strike at Brockhall, to set up a quarter-final clash against either Accrington Stanley or Manchester United.

Speaking to Rovers Player after the game the coach said: "I'm delighted with that one, it is an extension to how we have played in the two opening league games.

"We went down to Brighton and we dominated the game and won 2-0. Then against Villa we should have held on for the win.

"Today they dug deep when they had to in the second half and did ever so well in the first half.

"Preston are always going to come back at you whilst it is still 1-0. I'm really pleased with the way they've gone about the game.

"I've told the lads that it is a cup competition that we are capable of winning."

Kinder was also delighted to see his young side claim their second clean sheet from three games played this season. The only blot on their copybook being an injury-time equaliser in the 1-1 draw at home to Aston Villa in their last league encounter.

"The only goal that we've let in has come in the 95th minute," added Kinder. "If we'd have been a little bit stronger in certain areas we'd have had three clean sheets in a row.

"That was something we couldn't do last year."

The Under-21s are back in action next Monday when they travel to take on Middlesbrough at the Riverside, before returning to Leigh Sports Village the following Friday 19th September when Stoke City are the visitors.

Supporters can see the match against Stoke City for free by registering at www.leighsportsvillage.co.uk/rovers. Season ticket holders can also gain free admission on production of their season ticket cards. Kick-off is 7.00pm.

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