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A good week for us - Kinder

28 April 2015

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Under-21s boss Eric Kinder has paid tribute to his side's spirit and determination after they recorded their third league win in succession on Monday.

After away victories over West Bromwich Albion and Derby County, the development squad made it a welcome hat-trick of 1-0 wins with a triumph over Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The Rovers coach has been delighted with the reaction his team has shown after their extra-time defeat to Southampton in the U21 Premier League Cup final last Monday, as they put the disappointment behind them with excellent league displays in the days following.

"It has been a good week for us to be fair," said Kinder.

"It has been a contrasting week, if you look at the final last Monday where we played ever so well and took an outstanding Academy right to the wire in a cup final.

"We played in front of 12,500 people at a magnificent stadium, to then play two games in the league at training grounds and psychologically it does affect players.

"But I've been really happy with how they've reacted. They could have just downed tools, they could have said we've got to a final lets just go through the motions.

"But we went Derby, we scrapped and we fought and put our necks on the line and we end up with a 1-0 win. And what you saw against Wolves was just like Derby.

"We didn't do too badly in the first half but in the second we were under the cosh. But what has developed over this season is a desire and an enthusiasm to win a game and I thought their attitude was magnificent.

"You look at the side, you see young Lewis Mansell up front and Lewis Hardcastle in midfield, they played 90 minutes on Friday and had to do that again on Monday, and they also had a six-hour road trip to Southampton and back and the emotions of losing a final.

"The only thing I can say is they are learning from it and they'll be better players and will understand the game more."

The winning goal on Monday came courtesy of a first half strike from midfielder David Carson.

The Rovers captain grabbed his first goal of the season, claiming possession off a Wolves defender before cooly slotting home.

"It shocked us all, we see it every now in training," added Kinder.

"That is his first goal I think, but he read the situation well, his positional play from where the ball was was excellent and he read it.

"I thought he was going to take it first time but as soon as he moved it onto his right foot, we see it in training that he's got the quality to finish off that angle so I'm delighted for him."

The Under-21s play their final away game of the season next Tuesday 5th May when they take on Newcastle United at St. James Park, kick-off 7.00pm. Before they end their campaign at Brockhall against Bolton Wanderers on Thursday 7th May, kick-off 2.00pm.

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