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We showed fantastic resilience

Damien Johnson was a happy man as his Development Squad got off the mark in Premier League 2 last night

30 October 2018

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Damien Johnson was delighted to see his side earn a first Premier League 2 victory with a narrow but deserved win against Liverpool Under-23s at Leyland.

Following promotion to the top tier, Rovers Under-23s have found life tough so far this campaign, but showed their quality and desire to register a first three point haul of the season.
 
First half goals from Jacob Davenport and Jack Evans put Rovers in command before Matty Virtue pulled one back for the visitors in the second half.
 
Rovers saw the game out with 10 men after Evans' sending off, and missed the chance to bag a third goal late on after Dan Butterworth's penalty was saved in the final minute.
 
“I’m pleased for the boys. Performances have been improving and we won in the Lancashire Senior Cup recently. But in the league we have found wins very hard to come by and it’s been difficult for us," Johnson said honestly.
 
“We made it hard work despite starting the game really well. We stopped doing what we were doing well at the start of the game.
 
“We started dropping and getting deeper, inviting Liverpool on. They have good footballers and if you give them too much time on the ball they can hurst you.
 
“I thought we showed good character and good resilience, and with a little bit more quality in the second half we could have got the third goal to make things a bit more comfortable."
 
And he admitted that he is starting to see signs similar to the first team charges from his team.
 
“I keep talking to the players and reading the reports from the gaffer on the website talking about the character, the spirit, desire and bravery," Johnson added.
 
“These are common threads every week regarding the qualities he requires and I asked the players to show that. It was pleasing to see those qualities from us tonight.
 
“Overall I am very pleased."

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