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Kinder: We deserved cup defeat

Lancashire Telegraph: Kinder: We deserved cup defeat Kinder: We deserved cup defeat

BLACKBURN Rovers Under 21s manager Eric Kinder admitted his side were beaten by the better team after they were knocked out of the Premier League U21 Cup by giant-killers Exeter City.

Rovers, for whom only John O’Sullivan and Paulo Jorge had first-team experience, took an undeserved lead at St James Park on Tuesday night thanks to Jordan Preston’s 21st goal of the season.

But Exeter, whose line-up contained 10 players who have played senior football, fought back to win 2-1 and secure their place in the quarter finals.

Kinder said: “Fair play to them, they were better than us on the night.

“In the first half we got away with a few moments in our box but we did okay and Jordan Preston has scored a great goal.

“But everything we talked about at half time we didn’t do and we were put under tremendous pressure in the first 20 minutes of the second half and conceded silly goals.

“But for David Raya it could have been more, he made five outstanding saves.”

The prolific Preston put Rovers in front in the 42nd minute when he met a Raheem Hanley cross and sent a header into the net.

But they were pegged back two minutes after restart when an under-hit back pass from Hugo Fernandez led to Scott Bennett equalising.

And four minutes later the Grecians – who had knocked out Crystal Palace and Southampton to set up the last 16 tie – completed the comeback as Jimmy Keohane punished a poor O’Sullivan pass.

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1:27pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Ronaldpetercooper says...

It is looking like our juniors are going backward and I wonder if it because so many are out on loan and GB is no longer looking at these kids for promotion to the squad at least. I thought O'Sullivan showed a lot of promise and didn't he play in the senior team at the end of last season and did quite well. This is the problem when you sign a lot of players of a similar nature after the end of last season and Idoubt if they are much better than we already have. I know we have Henley and Hanley but where are the others.
We aint going to win promotion as we are not good enough but we must plan for the future and bring the kids through. We must go this way as we do have to save money somewhere and show younsters that we are a club ready to promote a young player if he works hard and is good enough.
It is looking like our juniors are going backward and I wonder if it because so many are out on loan and GB is no longer looking at these kids for promotion to the squad at least. I thought O'Sullivan showed a lot of promise and didn't he play in the senior team at the end of last season and did quite well. This is the problem when you sign a lot of players of a similar nature after the end of last season and Idoubt if they are much better than we already have. I know we have Henley and Hanley but where are the others. We aint going to win promotion as we are not good enough but we must plan for the future and bring the kids through. We must go this way as we do have to save money somewhere and show younsters that we are a club ready to promote a young player if he works hard and is good enough. Ronaldpetercooper
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7:31pm Thu 9 Jan 14

Angry From Accrington says...

Kinder out
Kinder out Angry From Accrington
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