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Johnson: Use title success as springboard

Damien hoping many of his side can seize the first team opportunity when it eventually comes

24 April 2018

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Damien Johnson has urged his side to use their Premier League 2 Division 2 title success as the springboard to regular first-team opportunity.

Johnson's charges rounded off a memorable campaign which saw them claim the league title, with a 4-1 away win at West Bromwich Albion.
 
There were four different scorers on the night, with Joe Nuttall and Lewis Mansell scoring late in added time to add to the tally after Matty Platt and Dan Butterworth scored the first two for Rovers.
 
And now the challenge for all is to nail down a regular place in Tony Mowbray's first team next season.
 
“It’s okay getting two or three games in the first team but you want to establish yourself as a player there and that’s the challenge," Johnson said.
 
"We need to keep pushing and no matter what happens on Monday they still won’t be where they want to get to.
 
“They need to do what they’ve been doing and more, keep working hard and working on the tactical, mental and physical approach to kick on. These lads need to show the desire to make it in the first team.
 
“The manager has the call. Their job while they aren’t there is to keep pushing and showing that he can trust them. They might think they’re ready but they need to keep improving, keep doing the right things and keep learning."

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