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Delighted for the young lads who played

29 August 2017

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Tony Mowbray was pleased to see the young pros play their part as Rovers kicked off their Checkatrade Trophy group with a narrow victory over Stoke City's Under-21s on Tuesday night.

Joe Nuttall enhanced his burgeoning reputation by stepping off the bench to score the only goal of the game on his senior debut at Ewood Park.

The manager admitted it wasn't the greatest of games to watch, but was happy to see the side win once more.

"I think the main thing is that we won a football match again which is good," said Mowbray.

"It was okay. At the end of the day we are playing against an Under-23 team plus Charlie Adam.

"We managed to get the three points in the competition which is important I think to keep trying to win football matches.

"I don't think it was the greatest of spectacles, but the positive is Joe Nuttall coming on and scoring a goal and looking really positive, powerful, and direct, so I'm delighted for him.

"I'm delighted for the young lads who played, Lewis Travis, Jack Doyle, and Matty Platt did exceptionally well, and young Willem of course who the supporters know.

"So I'm pleased for all the young lads and that's it really. I'm not stood here thinking it was fantastic, it was an exercise that we went through and we got the points."

The next Checkatrade Trophy group match takes place on October 3rd when Bury are the visitors to Ewood Park.

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