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Full credit to the lads

19 April 2017

Damien Johnson was delighted with the character that his side showed in their 3-2 win over Fulham on Monday night.

The Rovers' youngsters overcame the disappointment of a poor first half display, and going behind early in the second, to take a 3-1 lead thanks to strikes from Lewis Mansell, Joe Grayson and Willem Tomlinson.

With both sides needing points in the race for the end of season promotion play-offs, Fulham netted late in added time, but it wasn't enough to prevent Rovers claiming the points to move into fifth place and set up a tantalising final league match against Aston Villa next Monday night.

"It was a good result in the end for us," Johnson told Rovers PlayerHD.

"It was a difficult game, they are a good side who have done well this season, so we knew it would be a tough game and it was.

"So credit to the lads they stuck at it and improved in the second half which was pleasing and they got the result.

"We were disappointed at half-time as we felt in the first half we played too deep and with not enough intensity. We talked about playing higher up the pitch against them and making life a little bit more difficult for them as I felt they created too many openings.

"I felt we did that, we started the second half better, played a bit more on the front foot, they scored but we responded well and showed good character.

"We've got some good kids and a good group and a big part of the game is how you respond to setbacks. We went a goal down against a good side but they responded in the right manner, didn't let their heads drop and scored three very good goals and possibly could have had more."

The win sees Rovers now in with a great chance of reaching the promotion play-offs, moving up to the final spot with one game to go against Aston Villa.

They know that if they can defeat the Villans at Ewood Park next Monday night then they'll reach the knockout stage for the second consecutive season.

"It is still all to play for," added Johnson. "Villa are a good side so it will be a good game next week. We'll prepare for it and hopefully give a good account of ourselves."

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