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Rovers face Southport in Senior Cup

8 February 2017

Rovers' development squad are back in action this Wednesday night when they take on Southport in the Molson Coors Senior Cup.

Damien Johnson's side travel to the Merseyrail Community Stadium in fine form following league wins over Brighton and West Ham and a Premier League Cup victory over Burnley in their last three outings.

Rovers defeated Oldham Athletic 2-1 to reach this stage of the competition thanks to goals from Connor Mahoney and Connor Thomson, whilst the Sandgrounders knocked out Accrington Stanley by the same scoreline.

The prospect of a home semi-final against Fleetwood Town await the winners of the match, but up against the Vanarama National League side, Johnson knows it won't be easy.

“It’s a game against a senior side, so that’s good for the lads, in terms of their development, so we’re looking forward to it,” said Rovers’ Under-23s head coach.

“It’s an extra game and that’s what it’s all about at this level. Getting the lads more games, that’s where their development comes. The more games they play the better, so the further we can go in any of the cup competitions the better.

“We played quite well against Oldham and that’s the thing with the group this year, we’ve shown at times some real positive play and some good ability and scored some good goals and looked a good team.

“Individually there’s been some strong performances, but it’s about getting it more consistently, that’s the challenge for the lads. Hopefully we can produce and if we do, then it gives us an extra game and that is what it’s about.

“It’s a big part of what we do in terms of development - learning how to win - and that’s really intensified when it comes to the cup games.

“Against Southport, it’s a knockout competition and you have to produce on the night or you’re out. It’s not going to be easy, going down there and coming up against a senior side. It’s going to be a really good challenge for the lads, so hopefully they can step up and do enough to get us into the next round.”

For Rovers fans planning on seeing the match at Southport, admission prices are £8 for adults, £5 for concessions with kick off at 7.45pm. Updates on the match will be available on the website and via twitter.

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