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We've done really well in the competition

7 November 2016

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David Dunn has been delighted with the way the young Rovers have shown themselves in this season's Checkatrade Trophy as they look to defeat Oldham Athletic on Tuesday night.

Rovers go into tomorrow evening's clash at Ewood knowing that they need a healthy victory over their opponents to have any chance of reaching the knockout stages.

After narrowly losing their first two group matches against Fleetwood Town and Carlisle United, Rovers need to win by at least three goals against Oldham, and hope that Carlisle beat Fleetwood in the other group match.

Dunn feels that the Rovers youngsters have performed well in the senior competition, and haven't looked out of place against their vastly more experienced opponents. However in both matches whilst they have dominated in terms of possession, it has been their inability to convert their chances that has lead to their downfall.

But he believes that they can still approach tomorrow's match with confidence and look to get a positive result.

"I think the lads have gone about it really well and they haven't looked out of place at all," said the Under-23s assistant coach.

"In between both boxes I think we have been outstanding, we are creating chances, but at that level there is a realism as that is what happens in proper football. That is the harsh reality of football.

"As much as you want to dominate games and dictate the play to the opposition, it is about taking the chances and keeping the back door shut.

"And I think that for 95% of the game against the last two teams has been really good, it is just that little bit in both boxes that we have missed.

"But they are a confident bunch, they are a really good group and I think they believe in themselves.

"They've done really well and hopefully on Tuesday we can go on and get a positive result."

The former Rovers midfielder admitted he had a wry smile when he saw that they'd been drawn against Oldham. Dunn spent the latter stages of his career at Boundary Park, before having four months in charge of the Latics.

"I have some fonds memories there," added Dunn.

"You are thrown an opportunity when you are coming to the back end of your career, and I thought I could change it, but in reality it wasn't meant to be.

"I enjoyed my time there, I learnt so much, and in terms of the experiences that I've taken here it has made me much better and stronger."

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.

Buy in store at Ewood Park or by calling the ticket hotline on 01254 372000.

Kick-off at Ewood Park is at 7.30pm.

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