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Frustrating not to win

1 December 2015

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Damien Johnson was left with mixed emotions after the Under-21s were held to a 2-2 draw with Aston Villa on Monday night.

The young Rovers put in an impressive display to roar into a 2-0 half-time lead courtesy of goals from Lewis Mansell and Scott Wharton.

However, under the lights at Villa Park, the development squad weren't able to hold onto that advantage as the home side scored twice in the second period to earn a share of the points.

"We're left frustrated really after being 2-0 up," said the Under-21s coach.

"We were really pleased with them, especially at half-time, but obviously after losing two goals you do get disappointed despite loads of positive things. There were loads of pleasing things from tonight so we'll focus on them.

"We played some really good stuff at times, young Charley Doyle in his first game really stood up and gave a great account of himself so he can be proud.

"It is also great to see Scott Wharton chipping in with goals, we are a threat from set-pieces and centre-backs scoring goals is a good thing to have.

"It is just disappointing that we didn't manage the game better in the second half and weather the pressure they were always going to have, but that is part of their learning, and we'll learn from that.

"We were probably the better team and deserved to win the game but you've got to see it out.

"Initially we are disappointed but when we look back over the game we'll be pleased with lots of things."

The Under-21s are back in action next Monday night when they take on Newcastle United at Leigh Sports Village.

Fans can see the game on December 7th for free by visiting here and registering for the match.

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