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DJ urges boys to ‘keep believing’

6 November 2016

Damien Johnson is remaining upbeat despite seeing his side slip to a narrow 1-0 defeat away to Sunderland in the Premier League Cup.

Josh Maja scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half, but from that point on Rovers dominated proceedings at the Eppleton Colliery Welfare Ground.

Lewis Mansell saw an effort superbly saved at point-blank range, Matty Platt failed to connect cleanly with a free header in front of goal, Lewis Hardcastle volleyed over at the far post and Willem Tomlinson was twice thwarted by the Sunderland stopper as Rovers produced a superb second-half display.

Johnson is convinced that if his side continue to create chances then the goals will come, but he also knows that they need to cut out the individual errors at the back.

“It’s kind of the story of how things are going for us at the minute,” said the development squad head coach.

“We’re getting punished for little mistakes and we’re not converting our chances.

“If we can just cut the mistakes out and we keep playing like we’re playing, then I’ve no doubt that when we get one goal, which is all we need, then more will follow.

“In terms of our performance, I thought in the second half we were outstanding. We created lots of chances – clear cut chances – and it just wouldn’t happen for us, but if we keep playing like that it will turn. The guys have just got to keep believing and staying positive.”

Despite the defeat, Johnson admits there were plenty of positives to take from the performance and he is urging his players to keep believing in what they are doing.

“We went a goal down, but we showed great character to come back and we played the majority of the game in their half,” he added.

“We created lots of chances and on another night we could have had four or five. If Matty (Platt) had scored his header, Lewis (Mansell) was unlucky with the one that hit the keeper, Lewis Hardcastle had a chance, we had other shots and their keeper had a good night.

“If we keep creating those chances, I’ve no doubt that our luck will turn. And that’s the important thing, because I’d be more worried if we weren’t creating the chances. We just need to cut the mistakes out and keep believing that the goals will come.”

Johnson's side are back in action this Tuesday night when they entertain Oldham Athletic in the Checkatrade Trophy.

Fans planning on coming to Ewood to cheer on the youngsters should get their tickets in advance to save on matchday prices.

Advanced prices are £5 for Adults, £2.50 for Concessions (65+ and ages 12-17), whilst Juniors aged under 12 can gain free admission with a paying adult.

On the day prices are £10 for Adults, £5 for Concessions and £2.50 for Under-12s.

Kick-off at Ewood Park is at 7.30pm.

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