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We've got some talent

Boss impressed with Rovers youngsters

30 August 2017

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Tony Mowbray believes some of the club's promising youngsters could have a part to play with the first team this campaign.

Last night's 1-0 over Stoke City's Under-21s in the opening group match of the Checkatrade Trophy saw the Rovers boss hand first-team debuts to Andy Fisher, Lewis Travis, Matty Platt and goalscorer Joe Nuttall, whilst Willem Tomlinson and Jack Doyle also made their first starts at senior level.

Mowbray believes it bodes well for the future and hopes to give them more game time as the season progresses.

"I think we've got some talent," said the manager.

"The Under-23s are showing that in their league programme so far as well, they need the opportunity, that is obviously it.

"When we are in a position where we have to try and win every game if we can, the pressure, the expectation of trying to win, it is difficult sometimes to go to the younger players to try and get a victory.

"And yet, once the window shuts in the next few days, we might have to if we pick up injuries as we go along and go to them.

"That is why you try to blood a few in games like tonight so that you know you can actually trust them when you need them."

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