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A great victory

21 January 2015

Development squad boss Eric Kinder was thoroughly delighted as Rovers booked themselves a place in the semi-finals of the Under-21 Premier League Cup on Tuesday night.

Rovers were full value for their 1-0 win over Newcastle United, the only disappointment that they didn't have more than Dean Rittenberg's first half goal to show for a commanding display.

Kinder's side went out of the competition at Exeter City's St. James' Park last season, but they more than deserved to progress at the home of the Magpies to reach the last four of the competition.

"I think I'm more delighted with our performance than the win," said Kinder post-match.

"A group of lads went out there tonight determined to win a game in a magnificent stadium. They've worked their socks off and they deserved it."

Kinder was able to name the same starting eleven that had defeated Aston Villa a week earlier, and that experience showed as Rovers limited the hosts to very few sights of goal.

"I thought the two centre halves Anthony O'Connor and Jack O'Connell were magnificent," added the coach. "They show what we are trying to do at this club. We've sent them out on loan and they've come back and put in performances like that. It shows that it is the right way forward, I hope people understand that."

Kinder was also delighted with the youngest member of the group as 17-year-old Ryan Nyambe again shone at right-back.

Kinder added: "Nobody can take him on in a race, nobody can outmuscle him. His positional play, for a lad who has just turned 17, is outstanding.

"I'm absolutely delighted with him, the whole back five including David Raya were outstanding.

"It was a really good performance, the front two worked tirelessly, they didn't get the breaks they deserved.

"David Carson ran himself into the ground, a Newcastle boy playing on St. James' Park. I know what it means to come back to a club you've supported all your life because I've done that. It is a great feeling when you come and you get success.

"It is great victory, we deserved it, it has been a good night for us."

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