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A really pleasing performance

11 April 2017

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Damien Johnson was delighted with his side's display as they returned to action with a comfortable 2-1 victory over West Bromwich Albion on Monday night.

Having been without a game for almost a month, a strong Rovers side dominated the match at Ewood Park with Anthony Stokes bagging a second half brace.

And although the Under-23s conceded a late goal, the development squad coach was happy with the way the team performed on the night.

"It was a really pleasing performance," said Johnson.

"I thought we worked hard, we had a good shape about us, and we played some terrific stuff when we got the ball so it was pleasing.

"Their goal at the end was disappointing there is no doubt because I felt comfortable all night with our shape. It is a new system for us in terms of the 3-4-3, it was only our second time playing that.

"But we had done a bit more work on it and I thought our shape made us more difficult to break down so there were loads of positives.

"The lads have to keep that level up now, they have set the standards in terms of individually and collectively tonight, the challenge will be can they maintain them for the last few games of the season and keep impressing the manager and the people watching."

The development squad are back in action on next Tuesday 18th April when they take on Fulham at the County Ground, Leyland.

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