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Mowbray: Our youngsters stood up to be counted

The boss was impressed with what he saw from Rovers young stars after a comfortable win over Mansfield

17 July 2019

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Tony Mowbray was a happy man after seeing his young side earn a comfortable win over Mansfield Town in the second pre-season outing.

John Buckley and Adam Armstrong got on the scoresheet in the second half after an early own goal, with Krystian Pearce's fierce strike proving to only be a consolation for The Stags, as Rovers registered a 3-1 away win at Field Mill.

A youthful looking side included the likes of Academy quartet Andy Fisher, Joe Rankin-Costello, Tyler Magloire and Joe Grayson in the back five, with fellow rookies Buckley and Dan Butterworth playing further forward.

Mowbray's post-match thoughts were positive, and rightly so with Rovers largely bossing the encounter against their League Two opponents.

“We had a young team out there and I felt they competed really well against a side that hope to be in the top three in League Two this season," he reflected.

"We were up against a strong, physical team with big ambitions.

“For long spells of the game we managed our opponents very well and gave them some problems. The game got a bit physical at times, but that’s good for our young players.

“If some of the young players need to go out on loan to League One or Two then they need to get used to the physicality, the size and the strength of the opposition.

“It was a good test and I’m pleased for all of them."

It was Rovers' second game of the day, with another side fielded earlier this morning against Macclesfield Town.

The likes of Sam Gallagher, Joe Nuttall and Scott Wharton were all given game time against The Silkmen in another 3-1 victory, and Mowbray explained the thinking regarding the behind closed doors clash against Sol Campbell's charges.

“We’ve been training with 30-odd players and had a game this morning, playing another young team," he added.

“We’re going to have three games this week and we will have started with a different XI for every one of those games.

“We’ll utilise the players as and when we see fit, but players do need 90 minutes under their belt. We need to give every player as many minutes on the pitch as we can.

“The young boys need games, so the likes of Wharton, Platt, Chapman, they all played this morning.

"If they aren’t going to play in pre-season games then we need to arrange behind closed doors matches."

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