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Great character to win the game

27 September 2016

Damien Johnson was delighted with the character that his side showed as they defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 3-2 on Monday night.

Rovers raced into a two-goal first half lead thanks to strikes from Lewis Hardcastle and Anthony Stokes, but a sloppy start to the second period saw the visitors net twice in quick succession to get back on level terms.

The home side then saw Stokes pick up two bookings to leave the Rovers down to ten men, but a tremendous goal from Lewis Mansell saw the blues claim the points.

"Topsy-turvy is probably a good way to put it," Johnson told Rovers PlayerHD post match.

"We came in at half-time really pleased, I thought we'd coped really well with them and scored two good goals and in fairness we looked comfortable.

"I certainly didn't see the first 20 minutes of the second half coming but it did for whatever reason. They started on the front foot and we didn't deal with it very well as a team or individually and we let them back in it.

"But we showed character and when Anthony gets sent off the odds are stacked against us but the lads really dug in and Lewis scored a great goal.

"So all-in-all I'm really pleased with the character that they showed, they really stuck at it and worked their socks off and found a way to win the game."

The Under-23s are back in action this Friday afternoon when they take on Burnley in their opening group match of the Premier League Cup.

Season Ticket holders will be admitted free of charge on production of their season ticket card at the turnstiles.

Tickets for this game are on sale to supporters with a database booking history only and must be collected on the day of the game from midday onwards on production of a valid ID which must show the purchaser's address. Prices are Adults £3, Concessions £1.

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