Professional development phase lead Frank Sinclair felt a draw was a fair result in his side’s latest EFL Youth Alliance League tie against Grimsby Town.
Rovers U18s made it four games unbeaten in all competitions and collected a third clean sheet in four outings. The youth team manager felt both teams could walk away from the weekend’s match content with a point each.
Sinclair said: “It was a pleasing point for us in the end. We want to win every game but I thought both teams played really well on the day.
“It was a fair battle and they had a few chances but we also had our share of those and a couple of tight offside calls that could’ve quite easily left us in some great positions.
“I think on the balance of the game, they’re probably going back home thinking it was a good point for them as well because we matched them brilliantly throughout the game.”
The game saw a number of players return to the starting eleven and Sinclair stressed the importance of how each member of his squad had to play over the next few months.
He added: “For a while we have had to combat with injuries, but that’s given us a really good opportunity to fast track some of our other lads.
“It’s good that we’ve got options all over the pitch again because there has to be a balance between the players.
“I don’t like to leave individuals sidelined because they’re all important to how we work and they all need game time to improve. The lads all know that if I make changes it’s not always just about performance."