Second year scholar Freddie Allen praised Rovers U18s’ resilience after they collected another point in the EFL Youth Alliance League against Grimsby Town.
Having made it four games unbeaten in all competitions, the young defender felt the result paid credit to his side’s hard work.
Allen said: “We battled really hard throughout the entirety of the game. Grimsby are up there at the top of the league and we’ve not had the start that we would’ve liked but I thought the boys matched them.
“Although we didn’t score, we kept a clean sheet and kept our unbeaten run going. It’s a big improvement from a couple of months ago but it’s not just us defenders getting those clean sheets, it’s the whole team.
“We work as a unit and recently we’ve worked on keeping the ball out of our goal so it’s good to see what we do in training come into fruition.”
Having won three of their last four matches, Allen felt Rovers’ improvements over the last couple of months are starting to show on the league table.
He added: “The start of this season hasn’t been what we wanted, and we can’t get away from that, but you can tell on the training ground that everyone’s working hard to be better.
“Everyone’s doing all the extras after every session and I think you can tell now that we’re wanting to put things right and get back to what we initially set out to do here.
“I try not to look at the league table too much because ultimately anyone can beat anyone in this division but it’s good to know that we’re climbing back up towards that top-half merit league."