Blackburn Rovers’ under-23s side progressed in the Premier League Cup with a 5-1 thrashing of Doncaster Rovers under-23s on Monday night. An own goal and braces for Ben Brereton and Joe Nuttall were enough to secure victory for Rovers’ youngsters.
Brereton will be particularly pleased to have found the back of the net as he has endured a tough campaign at Ewood Park so far.
Rovers signed the 19-year-old striker in August from Nottingham Forest on an initial loan deal that can be made permanent for £7million, as reported by the BBC. Tony Mowbray looked to have pulled off quite a coup in bringing the exciting striker to the club but things have not gone to plan since then.
As per Transfermarkt’s stats, Brereton has made 22 appearances for the first team so far this season but is still yet to open his goalscoring account for Rovers. Fans will be hoping that his brace for the reserves can boost his confidence.
After the under-23s match on Monday, plenty of Rovers fans took to Twitter to react to Brereton’s performance…
Wow, it’s almost as if taking the pressure off a young striker with a huge price tag can do wonders for a lad’s confidence…
— Chris Martin (@ChrisMartin_93) 25 February 2019
…..aaaaand we’re off! #goalmachine
— Tony Mowbray™️ (@Imtonymowbray) 25 February 2019
The only shock is why did it take so long to get him in the u23 will boost his confidence
— steven BRFC crispin (@steven_crispin) 25 February 2019
Hopefully give the guys confidence a boost now well done Breo
— Hannah Davies (@Hannah_D_08) 25 February 2019
Oh dear, a few goals against a group of young players and people forget Nuttall was doing this for fun for many months in the U23s and didn’t get this much recognition. Fair play to him, I don’t want to slag him off because he’s doing very well but is he doing £7 million-well?
— Kurt Martins (@MartinsKurt) 25 February 2019
Get in Ben!!! This will get his confidence up!
— Mr Nobody (@jongardner1979) 25 February 2019
Well done Ben. Hopefully a few more games at this level will see you rediscover some confidence and form then we look forward to seeing you transfer it to the first team
— Gaz (@S27GDM) 25 February 2019
So pleased for Ben, let’s hope this will have the Nuttall effect
— Ian Baron (@IanBaron1) 25 February 2019