Burns’ penalty gives Rovers a point against Tottenham

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Sam Burns’ second-half penalty saw Rovers U23s share the spoils with Tottenham U23s in a fiesty fixture on Friday saw both sides end with ten men.

The Rovers forward levelled from the spot three minutes after the restart to level the scores after Kion Etete had put the hosts ahead minutes before half-time.

Soon after Etete’s goal, Tottenham captain Brooklyn Lyons-Foster was dismissed for an off-the-ball incident, and both sides ended the match with a sending off as Rovers captain Sam Barnes picked up a second booking late on.

Rovers were missing three regular starters, with Dan Pike and Connor McBride part of the first team, and Luke Brennan out with a hamstring injury. The absentees gave forward Alex Baker the chance to make his first start for Billy Barr’s U23s, with the youngster impressing for the U18s in recent months.

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There were positives for Rovers, with the draw coming against a Tottenham side that is challenging at the top end of the PL2 table, with Spurs also beating Rovers in the reverse fixture.

Joe Rankin-Costello played 75 minutes as he stepped up his return from injury, playing in the centre of midfield after an appearance at right-back in the previous fixture against West Ham.

Rovers’ point leaves them second in the Premier League 2 table following the draw, five points off league leaders Manchester City with eight fixtures left to play.

Billy Barr’s side will next be in action on Monday as they take on struggling Southampton U23s at the Leyland County Ground.

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