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An important victory

12 April 2016

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Under-21s boss Damien Johnson felt his side made last night's win over West Bromwich Albion more difficult than it needed to be.

A 49th minute header from captain Scott Wharton set Rovers on their way to a fourth consecutive victory, however missed chances looked to have proved costly when Samir Nabi converted a 92nd minute penalty to bring the visitors level.

But just sixty seconds later Rovers were to clinch the three points to move them up to fifth in the table as Scott Wharton headed home his second goal of the game.

"I am really pleased with the result as it was important to win the game," said Johnson.

"We took the lead early in the second half and we should have added to our lead but we didn't. If we'd have got that second it would have settled us down and I think we would have gone on and won it comfortably.

"We just needed to manage the game so it was really disappointing to concede so late on. I'd need to see it again but it looked a soft penalty.

"We made it more difficult than it should have been, but the lads showed great character to come again and I think we deserved to win the game so it was good that we saw it through."

Yesterday's win over West Bromwich Albion means Rovers need just a point from their final league game against Aston Villa at Leigh Sports Village next week to secure a place in the promotion play-offs.

Entry for next Monday's game is free on completion of the form on the Leigh Sports Village website.

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