Emile Smith Rowe and Nikolaj Moller both scored twice for our under-23s on Friday as we secured our biggest-ever Premier League 2 victory with a 6-0 win over Blackburn.
Academy products Zach Awe, Zane Monlouis and Khayon Edwards all made their respective debuts at The County Ground, while Joe Ideho made his first appearance since joining us from Ajax in the summer.
Blackburn, who named 36-year-old Stewart Downing among their substitutes, started strongly and came close early on through Connor McBride.
But that didn’t dent our confidence and following some fine footwork and attacking play from Folarin Balogun, Moller was on hand to finish at the far post.
Shortly after the restart, Catalin Cirjan fired a stunning effort into the top right corner, latching on to Moller’s instinctive backheeled assist, before Balogun pounced on a defensive error and squared to Smith Rowe for a simple finish.
Smith Rowe went on to double his tally just moments later, arriving late at the far post to meet Brooke Norton-Cuffy’s delivery and fire past Antonis Stergiakis.
Joel Lopez then created our fifth of the evening with a searching pass across the face of goal, forcing Dan Pike to inadvertently put the ball into his own net, before Moller scored his second deep into injury time.
The Sweden youth international wreaked havoc on the Rovers’ defence all evening and rounded off the scoring with a composed finish into the bottom corner.
WHAT IT MEANS
Up next, we will face Everton in the PL2 on Friday, November 20.
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