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We always looked a threat - Johnson

Damien delighted with Rovers' attacking intent

15 August 2017

Under-23s boss Damien Johnson was delighted with the attacking talent on show in Monday's stunning season opener against Wolves.

Rovers kicked off the new Premier League 2 season with an emphatic 5-1 victory over Scott Sellars' side, with summer signing Joe Nuttall hitting a hat-trick.

Nuttall was the focal point of a front three - supported by Stefan Mols and Joe Rankin-Costello - and Wolves never got to grips with the system, as Rovers raced into an early two-goal lead and never looked back.

Rankin-Costello and Nuttall both found the back of the net inside the opening 15 minutes, before a quickfire Nuttall brace after the break put the game to bed.

Wolves pulled a goal back midway through the second half, before Lewis Hardcastle completed the scoring with the goal of the night.

“We had a good start to the game," said Johnson. "Our intention is always to start well and play with an intensity and tempo and we did that.

“We got in their faces, made it difficult for them and we pressed high. The front three caused them problems.

“It was good to get a goal after starting well because sometimes that’s been missing for us.

“Thankfully we got into good areas, put good balls into the box and the goal came early.

“We knew that they would start (the second half) fast and come out of the traps. At 2-0, the next goal is always vital in any game.

“Thankfully we weathered a bit of pressure early in the second half and we always looked a threat.

“We looked like we were going to cause them problems every time we went forward."


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