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Enjoy the occasion

7 April 2016

Billy Barr believes his Under-18 squad are under no pressure as they prepare to take on Chelsea in the second leg of the FA Youth Cup semi-final on Friday evening.

The young Rovers trail 1-0 after the first leg at Ewood Park to give them more of a chance in tomorrow's rematch at Stamford Bridge.

With the majority of the squad involved in wins for the Under-21s over Arsenal and Brighton this past week, the lads travel south later today in good heart and with a belief that they can once again perform on the big stage. 

"We came back together on Wednesday," said Barr. "Obviously the boys that have been with the Under-21s have played a lot of games so they've just had light sessions.

"So it is just a case of dealing with fatigue from the ones who played on Friday, travelled Sunday, played Monday and travelled back north.

"Their sleep patterns broke a little bit so we've kept them off their feet as much as we can, but I'm sure once the game starts tomorrow night none of them will be moaning about being tired."

Barr is under no illusions of the task that lies ahead against a Chelsea side looking to win the cup for a third consecutive year, but believes that if Rovers can play how they already have in this competition, then they'll certainly give their Premier League opponents a game.

He added: "We are hoping that all the experiences that they had recently against these big teams stand us in good stead for tomorrow night and that we go out and click like we have done.

"To emulate the Aston Villa performance would be fantastic because that was our best of the campaign and that would give us a great chance of hopefully progressing.

"I said before the first leg that the objective was to come out of it still in the tie because we had seen what they had done to other teams in the past.

"So we are still in it and the second half performance was far better than the first half performance and that is the one that we are looking at and hoping we can reproduce over 90 minutes instead of 45.

"But the boys were more disappointed with themselves than we were disappointed with them after the game because they felt they have far more than they showed.

"So tomorrow night, on a fantastic pitch, it is a chance for our lads to go and enjoy the whole occasion with no pressure whatsoever and hopefully get ourselves into a position where we can bring something back out of it."

Tickets for tomorrow night's match at Stamford Bridge are on sale from the Roverstore at Ewood or via our call centre on 01254 372000.

Prices are £5 for Adults and £3 for Juniors and Seniors. There are no sales on the day at Chelsea.

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