Andy Farrell was delighted with the attitude and commitment of the club’s senior players after a convincing 2-0 victory over Preston on Tuesday.
After a brace from Rouwen Hennings - one assisted by the returning Ashley Barnes - Farrell had nothing but praise for those gaining valuable game time.
Professional Development Phase Coach Farrell, standing in for Michael Jolley, said: “The whole group had an excellent attitude, a good work ethic, and they played very well.
“I thought we were the much better team in the first half, mainly down to our professionalism and work ethic, and we probably could have had another couple.”
“Rouwen held the ball up the well, his touch was good today and brought the midfield players up well, he did everything you want from him.”
With Barnes and Dean Marney both returning from injury, managing 45 and 60 minutes respectively, Farrell also complimented their contributions to the side.
Farrell added: “It was great to have Ash back on the pitch.
“He’s a great character and influence on and off the pitch and for the 10 minutes after he came off, the team’s performance dipped slightly.
“Dean was solid in the middle with Freddy (Ulvestad). They were very neat and tidy and they didn’t give much away which didn’t offer Preston a lot of space to play.”
Development squad talents George Green and Christian Hill both came off the bench to play alongside the experienced first team players; another positive in the eyes of Farrell ahead of the next Development Squad game at Fleetwood on Friday.
He added: “This was a great opportunity for them, fighting to get on the pitch with the first-team players and a few of the younger lads are definitely capable of holding their own.”