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We're not getting the rub of the green

Mike Sheron was encouraged by the display from Rovers despite defeat to Liverpool at Brockhall

24 September 2018

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Rovers' Professional Development Phase Assistant Coach Mike Sheron believes things are improving despite defeat against Liverpool Under-18s at the weekend.

Another late goal meant defeat for the young Rovers against the Reds, but Sheron feels the performance was enough to take something from the game.

“It was difficult for the lads to accept as the performance was good. Ben Winterbottom was outstanding and made three or four really good saves," he said.

“In the second half we showed that resilience and at 3-3 we wanted to see the game out.
 
“It’s about improvement in our development. It’s about results and if you don’t win then you just don’t lose. You either learn or you don’t. Unfortunately at this moment it’s the same old story with us.
 
“Ideally we wish it didn’t happen and we keep having conversations about our concentration and organisation. We have played against some good teams already this season but need to learn fast.
 
“Both me and Billy feel we are competitive in every game now, which wasn’t the case last season and that’s something to be positive about."
 
It was a first outing in Rovers colours for Vilius Piliukaitis, who took his place in midfield having arrived at the club earlier this month.
 
The Lithuanian's inclusion was part of a shuffling of the pack from Sheron, with youngster Jalil Saadi part of the Under-23s' side at Swansea City on the same day.
 
“It’s like Jalil a week ago with Vilius. They need games and I felt Vilius did okay, did some good things. There are definitely signs of a player there, and now it’s about giving the likes of Vilius and Jalil that game time after training throughout the week," Sheron added.
 
“Friday morning we had seven players to work with, but we tried to make best of what we had. Having some move up to play with the Under-23s was one of those things and it’s only going to be beneficial for the young lads to be in that sort of environment.
 
“Every game is a learning curve and we want the lads to improve gradually. The quicker they do is more beneficial."
 
Rovers take on West Ham United at Brockhall on Saturday morning in the Premier League Cup and it's a chance for the youngsters to forget about their league form.
 
“It’ll be a free hit for us against West Ham in a way," he said. "We can take our eye off the league for a moment and take on a different team to normal. We’ll give it our best shot and see where it takes us."

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