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Barr: A valuable victory

Billy Barr says the Under-18s "will take a lot" from Wednesday's Youth Cup win

2 November 2017

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Billy Barr was pleased to see his Under-18 side come through a tough trip to Tranmere in the FA Youth Cup, and believes Rovers will benefit from the experience.

The young Blues came through the first-round tie at Prenton Park with a 1-0 victory, courtesy of a header from substitute Callum Dolan.

Rovers will face Wrexham at home in the next round and, speaking after the game, Barr hailed his side's second-half display.

"We had to be patient and persistent tonight," he said. "We tried to be a bit too direct in the first half, so I reminded them at half-time to make more passes.

"I thought we were really good in the second half; we passed it really well and asked a lot of questions of Tranmere.

"We knew it was going to be hard. Tranmere are top of their league, they're solid and don't concede many goals.

"We knew we'd have to be patient, and we were forunate to get in just at the right time.

"Callum came on and got the winner, he says he'd never scored a header before but he's got the winner in the Youth Cup, so credit to him!

"We'll take a lot from tonight, we looked more solid. As players and staff we looked at recent results and we've conceded a lot of goals.

"We put a few things in place and looked a lot more solid tonight.

"It's Wrexham next and, again, it's going to be difficult. It's a big game for them, but also for us.

"It's been a long time since we've played in the second round and now we want to play in the third, which we're used to doing."

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