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Who will be next to make their debut?

25 April 2015

Gary Bowyer hopes to be able to hand another debut to one of the club's promising youngsters between now and the end of the season.

This month has seen the Rovers boss give first league starts to goalkeeper David Raya and midfielder John O'Sullivan, whilst Darragh Lenihan was given his senior bow in the win over Millwall in midweek and could start today against Huddersfield Town.

Bowyer was at St. Mary's on Monday night to watch the Under-21s just miss out on lifting the U21 Premier League Cup, and whilst Rovers weren't successful, he was delighted with the way they performed.

"I thought it was important that I was there to support them and represent the club and I thought they themselves represented the club ever so well," said the Rovers boss.

"I can't help but have a moan about a referee and say that it was a penalty and we should have won the thing but it wasn't to be.

"I think our average age was 18 and their average age was 20 and that makes a big difference at that age.

"A lot gets said about Southampton's academy, and rightly so, there is a lot of good work that goes on there. But for our lads, the way they went about it, to run them in two games and extra-time as close as what they did is a credit to the works that is going on with John Filan, Eric Kinder and the Academy lads.

"There seems to be a bit of a fight and a bit of a sprit amongst them and it is important that we get that.

"I spoke to them afterwards and just said how well they'd done, and asked who is going to be the next one to make their debut?

"That is what it is about this business, it is about having careers and playing in the first teams.

"People get carried away and the expectation now is probably we've got a team full, but we've got to be sensible with it and if we can get a couple out of this group then this would be a great achievement again."

• The Under-21s were winners on Friday afternoon when they defeated Derby County 1-0 at their training goal. A first half own goal settling the match in Rovers' favour.


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