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Damien: We have to be more clinical

Johnson left ruing missed chances in draw with West Brom

28 November 2017

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Under-23s Head Coach Damien Johnson admitted he was a little frustrated after his team failed to pick up maximum points in Premier League 2 on Monday night.

The lack of a win meant the young Rovers missed out on going top of the table following a slightly below par display at the Lancashire FA HQ in Leyland.

But Johnson was pleased with his side's character to get something from the game after going behind twice on the night - both times against the run of play.

"I'm disappointed with the goals we conceded, mainly because I didn't think West Brom had to work that hard for them," Damien said honestly after the game.

"They came with a game plan to sit back and counter on us, and I think the goals came from two of our mistakes.

"We showed character to come back twice but I think we had the opportunities - certainly in the second half - to go on and win the game.

"We need to be a bit more clinical. There were times when balls flashed across the box and we didn't have anyone making that bit of movement.

"Credit to West Brom. They worked hard and got the two goals to give them some encouragement. It's a learning curve for us."

And Johnson knows the hard work will pay off for his side if they can produce better performances, especially considering first team boss Tony Mowbray was watching on from the stand.

"We were punished twice so it's a good lesson for the lads to learn from," Johnson reflected.

"The Under-23s is a great platform to get that exposure to potentially get into the first team and they have to take it."

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