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Damien: Penalties are always a lottery

Development Squad chief rues his side's luck in Lancashire Senior Cup quarter-final

8 March 2018

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Development Squad chief Damien Johnson rued his side's spot kick luck after being eliminated from the Lancashire Senior Cup at the hands of Bury.

With a chance to reach the Final of the competition, Rovers played out a 0-0 draw with the Shakers in the 90 minutes, which resulted in a shootout to determine who progressed.

And it was Steven Schumacher's Bury who went through, with Lewis Hardcastle missing the crucial kick after Craig Conway had hit the bar and Joe Nuttall saw his penalty saved.

And after the game, which saw first team players like Paul Downing, Peter Whittingham and Marcus Antonsson all start, Damien was frustrated the run out didn't lead to a place in the Final.

“It served a purpose and was a good workout for the players," he reflected afterwards. "It allowed players to get minutes under their belts and they all came through it unscathed. 

“It’s disappointing to lose and when it goes to penalties it is always a bit of a lottery. You sometimes get a lack of intensity in these sort of games.
“In general I thought we did okay, they set up with an experienced side, as did we. I thought we just cancelled each other out. Neither team had the quality to make the difference, it was destined to go to penalties.
“Given the personnel we’ve had out there it was a good experience for [Lewis] Travis, particularly dealing with a physical presence in [James] Hanson and playing alongside some senior lads as well is a positive for him."

Johnson's Under-23s are back in Premier League 2 action on Monday 12th March at Leyland, kick-off 7pm. 

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