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We found a way to win – Damien

Rovers Under-23s boss pleased to see his side lift the Lancashire FA Senior Cup

8 May 2019

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Damien Johnson felt that his side weren’t at their best in last night’s Lancashire FA Senior Cup final against Burnley, but was delighted that they found a way to win.

Late goals from Hayden Carter and Jack Vale saw Rovers run out 2-0 winners in Leyland and in doing so, secure the county crown for the first time since 2011.

After the game, Johnson said: “Credit to Burnley, they played a certain way and we found it difficult at times to impose our style.

“Our performance wasn’t the best, not by any stretch, but we found a way to win and that’s what matters in a cup final.

“I often say that results aren’t always the most important, but when you do get to a cup final, the result does matter.

“You want to be able to develop a winning mentality. We weren’t at our best tonight and sometimes when you’re not at your best you have to find a way and we did that.

“We had that little bit of quality when it mattered and thankfully that got us over the line.”

Following a fifth-place finish in Premier League 2 Division 1, Johnson felt lifting the trophy was a fitting reward for his players’ endeavours throughout a challenging campaign.

“It was a nice way to round off the season for the group and to have something to show for it,” he added.

“I’m always looking for more from them and I am slightly disappointed with the performance and I know they will be, but we found a way and credit to them.

“Overall, irrespective of how tonight would have played out, it’s been a good year for them, collectively and individually.

“They had to deal with some challenges early on, with the step up to the league and results going against us, and they had to adjust and adapt and improve.

“From Christmas I can’t really fault them and that’s the terrific thing about the group. They have got a fantastic mentality, a real desire to improve and I really enjoy working with them on a daily basis.

“So I’m pleased that they’ve got something to show for their efforts this year.”

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