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Damien chuffed with improved display

Johnson's troops are off the mark in the Premier League Cup after big win at Leyland

4 December 2018

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Development Squad chief Damien Johnson reflected on a good night all round for his side following an emphatic Premier League Cup victory over Doncaster Rovers Under-23s on Monday night.

The clash in the wind and the rain at Leyland was one that had plenty riding on it, with both sides pointless in the group and six points off the top two of Everton and Sheffield United.

It was Rovers who rose to the occasion on the night, with Joe Nuttall netting a first half hat-trick to put the hosts in command before completing the rout with his and Rovers' fourth just before the hour mark.

In truth, Johnson's charges blew away their opponents, who finished the game with 10 men following Shane Blaney's second booking with five minutes remaining.

"I'm obviously very pleased to have won the game. It gives ourselves a chance of qualifying and we knew we had to win it," Johnson reflected following the victory.

"It's a cup competition that we want to progress in. We've given ourselves a bit of an uphill task following the first two results, but the win tonight gives us a chance still.

"We spoke in the week about being better in the wide areas. We let ourselves down with that aspect of our game against West Ham last time out and I felt we were better with our crossing and decision making this time around.

"We looked a threat going forward and it was of course great to keep a clean sheet.

"The challenge is to take this into the league now. Doncaster had some experienced players out there, not a bunch of kids, but we know the quality is higher in the league we are in.

"We need to keep getting better and we need to produce good performances on a regular basis."

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