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Barr: Win will boost our confidence

Under-18s boss thrilled with first win of the season to take Rovers to seventh in the table

21 August 2018

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Billy Barr says his team have now set the bar for their performances after a morale-boosting victory at Manchester City at the weekend.

The young Rovers had a torrid time last term in the division, but have already started better this time around, having been unlucky to lose at the death against Stoke a week before defeating the Citizens on their own patch.

It was two first half goals that did the damage in Manchester, with Sam Durrant and then Isaac Whitehall scoring for Rovers before Lewis Florini pulled a late goal back for City.

“I don’t smile much, but I certainly was after our win! I thought we were good for it," Barr reflected. "City had a lot of possession but our lads worked really well off the ball and we created our chances. Jack Vale did very well in the first half, creating one of the goals.

“We’ve gone through the video and although the result was a good one, there are still things we want to work on. It’s going to help massively with our confidence.
 
“We’ve said to Sam Durrant about using others to get into positions and there’s nothing better than getting those tap ins. Isaac Whitehall has two goals in his last two games so it’s a nice run for him as well.
 
“The confidence that win can bring we’ll be looking to take into the next game at Derby. We need to make sure the result at City isn’t a one off."
 
A re-energised Rovers will head to the Midlands next week with a winning mentality, and Billy expects his youngsters to have a spring in their step when they take on the Rams.
 
“The lads are in a good place and we need to keep working with them. There were voices late into the game and a reluctance to play, which we understood. We managed the end of the game really well and finished it in Manchester City’s half. It’s been a good week for us and we’ll now head to Derby with that confidence boost," he added.
 
“Derby have some good players but we take the positives and will go there in great spirits. We’ve set the standards now and we’ll be looking to enhance those standards as the season progresses."

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