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A pleasing start, but more to come

Damien Johnson insists there's room for improvement despite starting the season with back-to-back wins

18 August 2017

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Damien Johnson was pleased to see his side make it two wins out of two with a thrilling 5-3 victory over Reading, but insists there's still room for improvement.

Goals from Joe Nuttall (2), Joe Rankin-Costello, Stefan Mols and Matty Platt ensured that Rovers' Under-23s followed up Monday's 5-1 victory over Wolves with another emphatic win.

Johnson was happy to see his front three all on the scoresheet, but paid tribute to the whole team for the Berkshire success.

"Obviously I'm pleased to win the game," said the Under-23s head coach.

"We scored some good goals and played at a good intensity, which made it difficult for them.

"I'm disappointed with the goals that we conceded, because they were soft goals. We can't always expect to score five goals in a game, so we need to be better defensively at times.

"I'm being critical, but that's my job. Overall, I'm really pleased.

"The front three are benefiting from the intensity of the whole team and the aggression in our play, both in and out of possession, and that's why we're getting these results.

"The challenge is can they keep repeating it and repeating it, and find that level of consistency in their performances?

"There's lots to be pleased about, but we are still looking for more in terms of their development and their cohesion as a team."

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