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Damian disappointed by cheap goal

Rovers U23s coach frustrated after 1-1 draw with Everton in Premier League Cup

9 February 2019

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Damian Johnson was left frustrated following his side's 1-1 draw away to Everton in the Premier League Cup on Friday night.

After taking a deserved lead through Dan Butterworth's strike just 45 seconds after the restart, Rovers were pegged back when Anthony Gordon equalised for Everton midway through the second half.

Johnson was disappointed by the nature of the goal conceded and that his side missed out on a much-needed three points, which would have boosted Rovers' chances of progressing to the knockout phase.

"The conditions were difficult, with the wind, but I think the frustration for us is the cheapness of the goal," said the Under-23s head coach.

"I know they had a chance before that from a counter-attack, but I think overall, the final third opportunities came to us, we just didn't have that little bit of quality that we had the other night.

"Once you get your noses in front on a night like this, you want to see if you can just see the game out, so that was the frustration - the cheapness of the goal.

"That's where their learning comes in. We'll take the point and move on.

"Sheffield United have to play Everton in their final game, but we'll just concentrate on ourselves and we'll go to Doncaster trying to win that game.

"We'll learn from tonight. It's a good experience because we don't play on many pitches like that and conditions like these, and ultimately they are the types of situations that the lads will face throughout their careers.

"So it's important that you're exposed to it and they learn how to deal with it. And I felt that we dealt with Everton's physicality quite well for the most part, it was just frustrating that the one lapse that we had, they punished us."

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