Tony Mowbray took away the positives of more key players being back on the pitch for Blackburn Rovers and picking up minutes in their pre-season draw against Bolton Wanderers.
The League One team took the lead against the Ewood Park side through defender George Johnston before half-time.
They doubled their lead after the break when Oladapo Afolayan's good work on the left hand side and shot was put into his own net by Hayden Carter.
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But Rovers rallied when Tony Mowbray made a quadruple change and Chile international Ben Brereton found the back of the net twice to ensure the friendly ended all square.
Sam Gallagher returned to action against Bolton, while Joe Rothwell was back on the pitch, while the likes of Tyrhys Dolan and Ben Brereton got more minutes under their belt.
And Mowbray was pleased with what he saw in the end against a Bolton side who he believes are on the up.
He said: “They gave us a really good test, as we expected, a team with a bit of momentum who have done exceptionally well.
“Bolton Wanderers is a big club, historically a big club and to coin a phrase, they’re on their way back.
“They’re a confident group of players and it was a test for us.
“For me, the main thing was Gallagher back on the pitch, Rothwell back on the pitch, more minutes for Brereton and Dolan, another experience for Garrett.
“We had a look at both formations which was the plan.
“We scored twice playing 4-3-3 and we have to know which games suit which formation and have the players available to be able to try and win games as we go on.
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“We seemed to have a lot of half opportunities, not clinical enough. Adam is not quite on the button at the moment but we’ll see how that goes.
“Again today, two young centre halves playing alongside the only fit and available senior centre half.
“It was more of a challenge for them trying to help break down a League One team rather than trying to see the game out against a Premier League team.
“If we had lost 2-0 today I’d have been extraordinarily disappointed with the fact we couldn’t score against Bradford or Bolton, but we scored twice and had other opportunities."
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