A learning curve for Development squad
Our Development side were beaten by their AFC Bournemouth counterparts 2-0 at the Friends Life Training Ground this afternoon.
Development Coach Marcus Stewart was disappointed with the way his side performed in the opening 45 minutes, but heartened by their second half display.
“It was another tough test for us, following hard fought games against Exeter and Hereford and, just like those matches, it was another excellent game of football.
“Bournemouth provided slightly different opposition, in that they passed the ball out from the back very well.
“We didn’t have a particularly good first half, but were much better after the break when we might have scored a couple of goals.”
Marcus felt that one or two players didn’t apply themselves well enough before the break.
“I just think we could have done a little bit more and that’s what I tried to get across to the players at the half time interval, and I got a response from them in the second half. I had hoped they would understand what I was getting at and what I wanted from them and, judging by their second half performance, they did.”
The second half was barely a minute old when the visitors added a second goal but it appeared to galvanise Rovers more than lift Bournemouth.
“Heads didn’t drop after that second goal and we kept going and had opportunities to score ourselves. Had Bournemouth got a third goal it would have been game over, but we always looked as though we might reduce the arrears but it just wasn’t to be.
“These games are all about bringing players through, and I’m hoping that one or two of our lads will have learnt a lot from this game.”