Rovers Under-21 boss Mike Sheron doesn’t think Niall Ennis’ injury is anything “too serious” after the forward came off during the 7-1 win against Preston North End in the Central League Cup.

Ennis, Harry Leonard and Semir Telalovic all started and managed to get on the scoresheet as Sheron’s side cruised to victory.

When asked about the injury, the Under-21 boss explained: “It was precautionary. He took his goal really well and I was really pleased to see Niall do that.

“He was just feeling his groin and he felt, ‘It’s nothing too serious but probably best if I come off’.”

Sheron was pleased with his side’s performance and hailed their “energy and enthusiasm” eight up until the final minute.

“As a group, we have not won a lot of games this season and to see us score seven goals was pleasing,” he added.

“We are still a bit disappointed that we conceded one but are grateful for the performance and the result.

“We have always tried to stick to our principles – we want to move the ball quickly and make a lot of forward runs.

“I thought we did that in bucket loads today and it was really pleasing to see the energy and enthusiasm, even in the 90th minute when we scored another goal.”

The trio of first-teamers were keen to show what they can do ahead of a busy run of fixtures for Jon Dahl Tomasson’s side, which kicks off with a trip to Stoke City this weekend.

“I am sure the manager was here to watch it and they wanted to show that they are ready,” Sheron stated.

“They showed enthusiasm, consistency and reliability in possession of the ball, and energy to try and press which is what the manager wants.  

“They all scored before half time as well, I am really pleased for them. Once you get a sniff of scoring one or two goals, you want to score more and they did that today.”

Leonard, in particular, will take the plaudits for his hat trick. The Academy graduate caused the Preston backline plenty of problems with his intelligent runs in behind.

“I think it was his work ethic today – pressing from the front and showing energy to make runs in behind,” Sheron continued. “Sometimes dropping short and having that unpredictability as a striker.

“I thought he showed enthusiasm to get on the ball and make a difference, and I am really pleased he got the three goals in the end.

“It is all about taking your chances when they come and he looked determined to do that.”