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Targets achieved

17 July 2016

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Manager Owen Coyle praised the players' attitude and application following the three-team tournament at the Globe Arena.

Rovers kicked off proceedings with a 1-0 win over Bury thanks to Danny Graham's first-half header, before being held to a goalless draw by hosts Morecambe in the second sun-kissed contest - a game in which they created countless chances.

Two entirely different teams took to the pitch for the two friendly fixtures, featuring a host of Rovers' rising stars, and Coyle was buoyed by the way they went about their business.  

"The players were terrific," said the new Rovers boss. 

"We could have scored four or five goals in each game. That will come with sharpness, but the great thing is we're creating chances and some gilt-edged chances at that.

"All in all I was delighted. We played two entirely different teams. Both teams featured loads of young kids, so it's great for them to play with those experienced players.

"The target before the games was to get more match fitness and more match sharpness, and we achieved that goal.

"We're certainly not the finished article, but at times we brought a lot of quality and some of our play was terrific. 

"The chances were great, we looked a threat and we had good set-play delivery in both games. So you can see the stuff that we're working on on the training ground is having an effect in the games and that's what we want to do.

"Overall, I'm delighted with how they went about it. We've got such an honest, hard-working and conscientious group, and we have quality within that group, so every day we've just got to come in and give our very best for such a wonderful club."

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