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Sheron: We want this journey to continue

Mike Sheron reflects on Rovers' FA Youth Cup triumph

14 December 2017

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Rovers' Professional Development Phase Assistant Coach Mike Sheron was delighted to see the Under-18s really come of age in defeating Stoke City in the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday night.

Jack Evans' brace just before half time proved to be decisive for a Rovers side who largely controlled the game against the Potters, who did pull a goal back in the second half.

But Rovers' defended resolutely and impressed Sheron, who admitted his side played with belief at Ewood Park.

"We knew Stoke would be a phsical side and although we're not the biggest of teams, we do have some really good footballers," Mike reflected.

"Once we got through that opening 20 minutes unscathed, I felt we tried to control the game. There were good signs of character, belief and confidence.

"It's nice to correct that 6-0 defeat against Stoke in the league earlier in the season with an excellent performance and result.

"The game ebbed and flowed really, we had our chances and their 'keeper produced some really good saves as well - notably from Jack Vale in the second half.

"Matty Campbell made important saves, Frank Jones I felt had his best game in a while, John Buckley played with an injury and Sam Barnes put his body on the line. It was a great team performance."

Evans proved to be the hero with his two-goal salvo, and Sheron was quick to heap praise on his skipper for leading by example on the night.

"Jack doesn't score many goals but he epitomises everything we want to see - honest, gritty, determined and he showed great leadership qualities, too.

"We keep trying to remind the lads to do the basics well, support each other and we're delighted to get through the next round.

"It's a home tie for us and from a youth team point of view, it's another great opportunity to play on a big stage at Ewood Park.

"We want this journey to continue for us and look forward to whoever visits in the next round."

Rovers will host either Watford or Sunderland in Round Four, with a date to be confirmed.

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