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Strachan praises Checkatrade Trophy

2 October 2017

Gavin Strachan believes the Checkatrade Trophy has been a success for developing the younger players within the Rovers squad.

Rovers face Sunderland U21s in their second group stage game on Tuesday evening, and Strachan says it is another chance for players to impress the coaching staff.

“Over the past couple of seasons we’ve really embraced the Checkatrade Trophy, it’s a platform for the younger players and the ones who just need game time,” he said.

“I really like it as we get a lot from it, it gives the players a chance to play and the manager has won the competition in its previous format as well.

“The young lads have done well when called upon, some have come in and scored goals which shows us they can handle the pressures of a first team game.”

With Rovers looking to get back to winning ways after back to back defeats, Strachan says belief within the squad is still high.

“The fine margins have been against us, the bounce of the ball isn’t going our way so when that’s the case we need to make sure we get the basics right to guard against any bad luck,” he added.

“Everything we do in training is geared up to try and win the game, winning is the best way to develop players so that is the most important thing and nothing changes for us.

“Sunderland U21s have got lots of players they can choose from, it’s difficult to work on what the opposition will do so we have to focus on ourselves.”

Tickets for Tuesday's game can be purchased from the Club Doncaster Box Office, by calling 01302 762 576, or at

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