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A deserved win in tough conditions

“Full credit has to go to the lads, because I thought we were extremely professional and fully deserved the victory in the end"

5 March 2019

Damien Johnson praised his side for a mature performance following victory away at West Ham United on Monday night.

Goals from Charley Doyle, Joe Nuttall and Ben Brereton earned a vital three points in a 3-1 victory in Dagenham, as Rovers moved further clear of relegation danger.

And speaking after the game, Johnson was left pleased with a gritty win in difficult conditions down in Essex.

“West Ham are a good side, we found it tough against them at Ewood, so we knew going down to Dagenham would be a really tough game for us," the Development Squad chief said.

“Full credit has to go to the lads, because I thought we were extremely professional and fully deserved the victory in the end.

“The conditions weren’t great and weren’t conducive for the technical players on both sides. The pitch was better at Southport and there was a swirling wind, which meant we had to show different qualities at times.

“I felt we got to grips with the game though and fully deserved the win.

“I don’t focus on staying up, but I know we have a competitive group and a desire to win every drill we do. There’s personal pride in the group, but there are still tough games to negotiate this season.

“We showed a character, discipline and maturity, which will hold us in good stead for the remainder of the season."

There were minutes for goalscorers Nuttall and Brereton, whilst first team duo Jacob Davenport and Harry Chapman also featured for the full 90 minutes.

And Johnson added that he's been impressed with the quartet's application and impact on the team since linking up with the Under-23s.

“The four lads have been down and have the right mentality, doing things right," he said.

“They have quality, and I feel that the likes of Stefan Mols and Jack Vale are unlucky not to play, but for me the mentality from the four senior lads has been terrific."


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