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We stood up to the challenge

19 January 2016

Damien Johnson saluted his players after the Development Squad advanced into the Under-21 Premier League Cup quarter-final.

Connor Thomson scored on the stroke of half-time to dump Leicester City out of the competition at Brockhall.

Rovers were full value for their victory against a Foxes side that featured several first team stars.

Speaking after the game, Johnson felt his players really stepped up to the mark.

"It was a terrific and a really good game of football that was played at a proper tempo," said the U21s coach.

"Leicester came with a strong side and put us under pressure, but our lads were terrific and I was really pleased with them.

"They stood up to the physical battle and in the end, we could have won by more.

"Sometimes, Under-21s games can lack a bit of tempo, but I don't think that game did.

"Leicester played like a league team, they made us defend and our centre-backs had to head the ball and defend properly.

"I thought our front two caused them problems and all round I'm delighted for their development , it was a great game for them and I'm made up that we got a clean sheet."

The Under-21s are back in action this Saturday when they take on Stoke City at the Clayton Wood Training Ground.

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