Young Lions earn battling pointNicky Bailey came through a full 90 minutes action to help Neil Harris' Under 21 side earn a hard fought point at Cardiff on Monday night.
After the goal-fest against Bristol City a week earlier the young Lions had to show very different qualities in South Wales, but the coach was no less pleased with their efforts.
"It was the first time since I've been in charge of the side that we've fielded six scholars at this level," explained Chopper.
"It wasn't our most polished performance in terms of the football we played, but in attitude, desire and endeavour we were first class.
We rode our luck early on in the game, but by the end of the first half we were the better side.
"After the break they probably had more clear cut chances, but we might have won it when Jamie Philpot brought a fine save out of their keeper from a Dylan Casey cross.
"Alfie Pavey led the line well up front, and probably gave his best performance for us with some excellent hold-up play. Towards the end we managed the game well as legs became tired to keep an excellent clean sheet."
And the good news for Ian Holloway, of course, is that providing he suffers no adverse reaction, Bailey has taken another massive stride towards being ready for a senior return after a six month absence.
Team: Girling, Siafa, Parr, Wood, Kitt, Bailey, Farrell, Philpot, Pavey, Rylah, Casey. Subs not used: Eze, Gerrar, Bray, Mundle-Smith.