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Damien: Positives to take from Boro clash

The Development Squad coach was pleased with his side's display against a strong Boro outfit

15 January 2018

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Rovers' Development Squad chief Damien Johnson admitted there were plenty of performances to take against a strong Middlesbrough side when reflecting on the 3-3 draw at Heritage Park.

Rovers went a goal behind early doors, but battled back and Callum Wright and Dan Butterworth strikes put the visitors in command at the break.

Marvin Johnson leveled things up just after half time before Scott Wharton headed Rovers back into the lead.

But again the Teessiders responded with Fletcher completing his brace and earning a point apiece.

But despite having the lead on two occasions, Johnson was pleased to see his side battle hard against an experienced Boro outfit.

"It was a good game played at a good intensity. Both first team managers were at the game which always adds a little bit to both teams' performance," Damien reflected.

"They had a lot of experienced lads out to show their manager what they could do. It was a chance for him to run his eye over his players as he's only fairly new there.

"Not just [Adam] Clayton, there was Marvin Johnson, Dael Fry, Ashley Fletcher, [Adlene] Guedioura all out there looking to showcase their talent.

"In terms of first team experience it was a really good test for the young lads against what was a strong side.

"It was a really good game of football. They play at a high tempo and intensity and were pretty direct. We want to be better, especially with the goals we conceded but there are still plenty of positives to take from the performance."

Next up for Johnson's charges is a trip to south Wales to tackle Cardiff next Monday (22nd) and Damien's expecting another strong battle against the Welsh club.

"Cardiff could be very experienced. They have played a lot of first teamers particularly in home games.

"We'll go down there, compete and look to show exactly what we're about."

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