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Johnson: We set the bar

The Under-23 boss was delighted with his side's six-goal display on Friday night

4 November 2017

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Rovers' Under-23 manager Damien Johnson was delighted with his players following Friday's 6-1 win over Watford in the Premier League Cup.

Goals from Callum Wright (2), Lewis Mansell, Jack Doyle, Scott Wharton and Dan Butterworth earned the young Blues an impressive victory in Leyland, as Rovers moved top of their group.

Speaking after the game, Johnson says it was a performance which "sets the standard" for the rest of the season.

“Obviously it’s always nice to win and put a performance in, and I think the lads did that tonight, " he said.

“We played some terrific stuff, scored some good goals and the individual performances were good. That’s what we’re always looking for, so it’s pleasing.

“The two quick goals [from Wright] helped us by knocking the stuffing out of them a little bit. He’s shown he can do that this year and he scored two fantastic goals.

“We kept doing things right, we moved it quickly and they fell apart. The lads set a standard tonight that we’ll be looking for as a team going forward."

Johnson was particularly pleased to see several standout indivudal performances, and says consistent displays will hopefully catch the eye of first-team boss Tony Mowbray.

“It’s great to see them stepping up, people like Lewis (Mansell) have come in and provided a focal point for us," he added. "He got his reward tonight with a goal.

“They’ve all stepped up and have shown that performance levels haven’t dropped, and that’s what we want.

“Everyone knows their role, and we just want to keep that up. We’re not here to win necessarily, but for them to show the manager that he can trust them.

“Performances like that on a consistent basis, not just tonight, are what’s required and that’s the challenge for them.

“Keeping their intensity and attitude up in training, doing all the right things will hopefully lead to an opportunity and hopefully they’re able to take it.”

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