on the performance…
I thought it was a good 0-0. We started very brightly and had three or four decent opportunities to score. We dug in as the game went on. A draw was probably a fair result. Reice Charles-Cook had a couple of decent saves to make in the second half which kept us in it and their goalkeeper made one again at the end. It was a good game.

on the lessons learnt from the game…
It is a step up for them. There were a number of the squad making their debuts or that haven’t played often at this level. It’s a bit quicker. Blackburn were probably equally as young, but the tempo was probably a bit quicker than they’re used to. What they have to learn is that when they do step up, to learn from any mistakes they do make. If they do that, they’ll have gained something.

on the impact first-team players have had…
There's two things. The experience they have, they pass on to the younger players and not just in a verbal way, but by what our players see them do. They also set out their preparation for games and [through] their performances during games. I think there’s also the added incentive that you want to do well when experienced players are in the side. The experienced players make the game easier for them because they do the right things at the right times.

on two clean sheets out of three…
It’s always pleasing to get a clean sheet. We probably should have had a clean sheet in the NextGen game that we played [in Marseille]. From that point of view, it’s pleasing. I thought that we created some good chances, especially in the opening 25 minutes.

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