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Young Rovers deserved their opportunity

Tony explains his decision to start with youth and end with experience at Easter Road

9 July 2018

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Tony Mowbray was pleased from what he saw at old club Hibernian on Sunday, with youth playing one half before experience won the game for Rovers in the second.

Elliott Bennett was the most notable name in the starting lineup in Edinburgh, as Rovers went in at the break drawing 0-0 with the hosts.
After the break, in which time 11 changes were made, Rovers' experienced players showed their class, with two quickfire goals by Craig Conway and Willem Tomlinson doing the damage.
And Tony was pleased to see the likes of Matty Platt, Scott Wharton, Lewis Travis, Dan Butterworth and Tomlinson get game time in the Scottish capital.
“We had more experience on the pitch in the second half I think, when you see players like [Charlie] Mulgrew, Danny Graham, Bradley Dack, Richie Smallwood and not forgetting Peter Whittingham," the boss admitted afterwards.
“The plan was that we needed the young legs on the pitch because we just came back from Austria where we have done a lot of running. The young lads deserved the opportunity so we started with a younger side and need with the experienced lads.
“The experience got a couple of good goals and it was a good workout for the lads all in all. A few players in the first half will probably go out on loan for next season, but the Conways, the Bennetts, the Grahams, the Smallwoods and the Dacks will help us have a good season I’m sure."

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