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Fine margins irritate Barr

Rovers' U18s Premier League Cup campaign lies in the balance, but Billy Barr feels it could have been different

11 December 2018

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Under-18s chief Billy Barr was left ruing his side's luck after the team suffered defeat at Manchester City in the Under-18s Premier League Cup.

A poor start saw Rovers go a goal down after just three minutes, before Vilius Piliukaitis equalised before half time.

But two further City goals in the second half ensured victory and progression in the competition for the hosts, but it could have been different had Jack Vale's superb strike nestled into the net rather than clipping the underside of the bar.

“We started really bad and went a goal down early. We couldn’t string any passes together in the early stages to be honest," Barr reflected.

“We settled into it, scored a good goal and got back in the game, maybe against the run of play.
 
“City had a good few chances after that, so we could have come in at the break losing.
 
“We asked the players to be braver at half time, but just after the hour they made it 2-1.
 
“We relied though and good link up play on the edge of the box led to an unbelievable strike from Jack Vale that hit the underside of the bar bounced down and into the ‘keeper’s gloves.
 
“A moment later later and they scored to make it 3-1 and then they controlled it from there on in."
 
Rovers' 2018 is over now, with their next clash coming against Stoke City on Saturday 12th January.
 
And Billy sees the break as a perfect opportunity to recharge the batteries and get ready for what will hopefully be a successful second half of the season.
 
“It's three defeats on the trot now after what was a five-game unbeaten run. I think Christmas has come at a good time for us to rest mentally as well as physically," he added.
 

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