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Pleased with the performance

1 April 2016

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Damien Johnson was delighted with his side's character and determination as they recorded a 1-0 win over Arsenal on Friday night.

A strong first half showing was capped when Sam Lavelle headed Rovers in front in the 38th minute. The defender's first goal of the season.

The home side had chances to increase their lead early in the second half with Jason Lowe and Anton Forrester both going close, but in the closing stages they had to show their defensive side to keep out the Gunners to claim all three points.

"We are pleased to win the game but I think the most pleasing thing was the performance, especially in the first half," Johnson told Rovers PlayerHD.

"We were a little bit critical of our performance after the Wolves game and felt we could have played better, so we asked them to do that tonight. Off the ball and on the ball - the first half especially - we were terrific.

"We looked a threat a threat at set-pieces like we have done in the past couple of games. We got it wide, we passed it well and got crosses in the box and I always felt we could score.

"But I think the disappointing thing was that we didn't get the second early in the second half when we had some chances, that might have made it a little bit easier.

"Arsenal are always going to have a go, but the lads were resolute and showed good character to hang on and get the win."

There's little rest for the Under-21s as they are back in action this Monday night with the long trip to play Brighton & Hove Albion at Crawley.

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