Coach on 4-1 loss to Bournemouth
Despite their 4-1 defeat against AFC Bournemouth in a Development game on Tuesday, Development Coach Marcus Stewart was delighted with the attitude and effort shown by his Rovers side.
“We put in a spirited performance against a very strong Bournemouth side and it was a good test for our lads.
“I felt that we played well throughout and stuck to our task and scored a well deserved goal late on. The younger lads in the side will have learned a lot from playing against a number of experienced Bournemouth players and from playing on their first team pitch.
“We weren’t outplayed, by any means, and it was a good experience for the scholars we had in the starting lineup. One or two of them came through well, while one or two others found the physical nature of the game a bit tough but that’s what you expect when young lads play against seasoned pros.
“The senior lads in our side, Matt Gill, Ollie Norburn, Eliot Richards and Lee Brown led by example and applied themselves well and I hope the younger players in the side will have learnt from them.
“It was a good test for Matt Gill, who is returning from injury and he came through unscathed, while it was a good fitness test for the other senior pros in the side.”
Goalkeeper Conor Gough saved a penalty, while striker Eliot Richards grabbed Rovers’ consolation goal.
“Conor made a great save from the spot kick and had a decent game, while Eliot produced a fantastic finish for our goal.
“In fact Eliot was brilliant; he worked really hard and stuck to his task extremely well. He got himself a goal and a pat on the back from me for his work rate.”
Conor Gough, Josh Southway, Tom Lockyer, Pat Keary, Lee Brown, Matt Gill, Ollie Norburn, Jordan Goddard, Eliot Richards, Mitch Harding, Ellis Harrison
Substitutes (all used): Jamie Lucas, Connor Finn, Alefe Santos