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Development and performances matter more to me, says Johnson

Damien wasn't getting carried away despite his side going top of the table with win over Norwich

27 January 2018

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Damien Johnson saw plenty of pleasing signs from his side after a 2-1 home win over Norwich City at Leyland saw Rovers Under-23s top the table in Premier League 2.

In a feisty encounter which saw a player from each side sent off late into the game, two headers from Tyler Magloire and Lewis Mansell put Rovers in command at the break.

A freak Louis McIntosh goal gave Norwich a chance, but Rovers managed to see the game out pretty comfortably in the end.

And although Damien was content to see his side top the table with victory, admitted the performance and player development was the most important factor.

"The result for me isn't the main aim at this level," Damien reflected at a chilly Lancashire FA HQ.

"It's about the lads' development and getting themselves into a position where the manager can see that he can trust them.

"We let them back into it but we should have been more clinical. We didn't take our chances. A third goal would have been great and would have really killed the game off.

"It got a bit edgy at the end but we've been frustrating recently because of the four games being called off due to the weather. It feels like an age since we last played here at Leyland.

"We managed to see it out in the end though. The back three played well and dealt with their lad up front. I was also really pleased to see two goals from set pieces."

And Johnson was delighted to see a couple of training ground moves pay off with the goals.

"We like to play neat, one or two touch football but it's always nice to see work from a set piece come off. They were great deliveries in from Joe Grayson."

The Under-23s are next in action on Friday 2nd January away to Fulham, kick-off 7pm at Motspur Park.


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