Date: 31st August 2017 at 8:02am
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Blackburn boss Tony Mowbray was left with a mixture of feelings following the Checkatrade Trophy win over Stoke’s U23 side on Tuesday.

Joe Nuttall continued his development, pushing forward his claims for first team involvement in League One, by coming off the bench, making his senior debut, to score the winning goal late on at Ewood Park on Tuesday.

Mowbray admitted Rovers’ victory over Stoke didn’t come in the most entertaining of games but the main thing was a win was achieved.

He told the Official Website: ‘I think the main thing is that we won a football match again which is good. It was okay. At the end of the day we are playing against an Under-23 team plus Charlie Adam. We managed to get the three points in the competition which is important I think to keep trying to win football matches.’

It was pleasing for Mowbray to see Nuttall come off the bench and get the winner with the boss also happy with the performances from the other youngsters involved.

‘I don’t think it was the greatest of spectacles, but the positive is Joe Nuttall coming on and scoring a goal and looking really positive, powerful, and direct, so I’m delighted for him. I’m delighted for the young lads who played, Lewis Travis, Jack Doyle, and Matty Platt did exceptionally well, and young Willem of course who the supporters know,’ said Mowbray.

Concluding: ‘So I’m pleased for all the young lads and that’s it really. I’m not stood here thinking it was fantastic, it was an exercise that we went through and we got the points.’

This was the pleasing side of things for the boss but the injury setbacks to a couple of players provided the pain…. First team regulars Derrick Williams and Ryan Nyambe were both forced off in this win.

Fortunately, due to the international call ups Blackburn received, we’ll not have a game this weekend and Mowbray’s hopeful these injuries aren’t too serious so both can recover quickly.

All being well its nothing more than ‘a niggle’ with Williams and Nyambe’s precautionary withdrawal following a twisted ankle saved further damage as Mowbray decided not to ‘take any chances’ at all.

Mowbray added in another interview on the Official Website: ‘We made ten changes and Derrick didn’t even get to 45 minutes. So that shows the intensity that they’ve tried to play the games at over the last few games and that was maybe a step too far. Hopefully it is not anything too serious, just a niggle I hope. Ryan came off at half-time with a slight twist to his ankle, so we didn’t want to take any chances with him.’

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