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Kinder's delight at Rovers victory

19 September 2014

Under-21s boss Eric Kinder was thoroughly delighted with his young side as they dispatched Stoke City 5-2 at Leigh Sports Village on Friday night.

Earlier in the week the development squad suffered their first loss of the campaign with a 3-1 defeat to Middlesbrough, but they bounced back in style against the Potters.

Connor Mahoney put Rovers in front on the quarter hour and although Stoke levelled on 39 minutes it was on brief respite as Dean Rittenberg ensured the home side lead at the break with an emphatically taken penalty.

Stoke hit back at the beginning of the second half but again Rovers responded immediately as Rittenberg grabbed his second.

After Modou Cham netted Rovers' fourth there was only going to be one winner with Mahoney adding the icing to the cake with a fifth a minute from time.

"I'm absolutely delighted with them tonight," said Kinder after the game.

"To think that we can go and beat a Premier League side 5-2 is magnificent.

"With the age of the side that we've got we are going to have down days and we are going to have performances where we are not on top of our game.

"But the important thing after that is what happens in our next game and we have bounced back with character.

"I'm absolutely chuffed to bits with them, they've deserved their weekend off."

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