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We can't have any complaints

U23s boss felt his side didn't perform on the night

3 May 2017

Damien Johnson was bitterly disappointed with his side's display as they went out of the Molson Coors Senior Cup to Fleetwood Town on Tuesday night.

After the match ended 1-1 after 90 minutes, it was the visitors who progressed through to a summer final against Liverpool after winning the resulting penalty shootout 4-3.

But the match would have been settled long before the spot-kicks had it not been for an outstanding goalkeeping display from Andy Fisher. With Johnson feeling that the young Rovers keeper was the only player to come out of the match with any credit.

"Obviously it is disappointing to lose a penalty shootout, but overall I don't think we did enough throughout the game," Johnson told Rovers PlayerHD.

"The performance levels were well below what they had been recently and I suppose we can't have any complaints.

"We were disappointed with our first half display in terms of the amount of chances we conceded. I felt we were fortunate to go in at half-time 0-0.

"I think of the lads that started the game Andy was really the only one who could hold his head up in terms of performing at the level that he has done and what he is capable of.

That was the disappointing thing, too many of them didn't hit their levels and ultimately you get what you deserve.

"There was a response in the second half in terms of playing a bit more positively in their half and Stefan Mols had an impact in terms of his energy and drive to get us up the pitch and he got a goal for us.

"But we did concede a lot of chances, I don't think we defended well enough.

"Collectively it is as poor as we've been recently, and individually some of them didn't hit the standards they have, so they are disappointed."