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First half display has cost us

9 April 2016

Billy Barr admitted a poor first half showing gave Rovers too much to do as the youngsters went out of the FA Youth Cup at the semi-final stage losing 3-1 to Chelsea.

Rovers trailed by just the one goal going into the second leg at Stamford Bridge on Friday night, but three first half strikes from the home side ended the tie as a contest.

Barr's side showed plenty of pride and determination to grab a consolation goal in the second half, and he hopes that the players now learn from the experience of this season's competition.

"It was a really tough evening, we didn't help ourselves," said the Under-18s coach.

"At half-time we had a few choice words which made them realise that it takes more than they'd shown to be a professional footballer.

"They've come out and given it a go in the second half, but not being good enough in the first half has cost us.

"We made cheap mistakes, but as long as they learn from it and move on from it, having experienced it and got better with it, then that is what were are asking for with the development of them."

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