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Plenty of positives despite the defeat

5 October 2016

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Damien Johnson felt his Rovers side gave a good account of themselves despite the 2-0 loss to Carlisle United in last night's Checkatrade Trophy group match.

The young Rovers were in the match for long spells at Brunton Park but goals at the end of each half from Shaun Miller and Danny Grainger gave the home side the points.

The development squad boss was pleased with the way the lads approached the game against a Carlisle side that have yet to taste defeat this term, and felt there were plenty of positives to take from the game.

"We are certainly disappointed to lose the game, but we felt there was lots of positives to take from it," Johnson told Rovers PlayerHD.

"The lads from the first team who dropped down to play for us were terrific in terms of their attitude and the way they went about it and they really helped us.

"Then we felt that the young lads stepped up and showed they can compete. We are disappointed to lose the result, but there were loads of positives.

"Carlisle are unbeaten and are playing well and have a spring in their step so we knew it was going to be tough, they are well organised and in the promotion places in League Two for a reason, so it was certainly a difficult game for us on paper.

"But I felt we gave a really good account of ourselves and I think the 2-0 scoreline was a bit harsh on us."

Despite the defeat Rovers can still progress in the competition if they can beat Oldham Athletic by three goals in the final Checkatrade Trophy group at Ewood Park on Tuesday 8th November, kick-off 7.30pm, and hope that Carlisle can defeat Fleetwood town in the other group match.

"We are desperate to stay in the competition and there is still an outside chance," he added. 

"It would mean an extra match for us which is great for their development. The guys relish these games so it is great for us that we can possibly still progress."

The development squad are back in Premier League 2 action away at Brighton on Monday 17th October.

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