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Barr urges youngster to take their chance

Opportunity beckons for the batch of Under-16s who will start against Derby on Saturday

10 February 2018

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Rovers Under-18s boss Billy Barr has challenged his youngsters to stake a claim for a regular starting spot by showing their quality against Derby on Saturday.

Barr, who is fresh from masterminding his side's excellent FA Youth Cup display in the 5-1 win against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday evening, will add an even more youthful spin on the side for the trip to take on the Rams.

Billy has confirmed that Jack Evans, John Buckley, Dan Butterworth, Jack Vale, who all featured in the Under-23s victory against Reading on Friday night, will not be included in the squad.

However, skipper Hayden Carter, who bagged one of the goals in that FA Youth Cup win, has been added to the 18 for the trip.

Which means opportunity knocks for the latest batch of young talent off the Rovers academy conveyor belt to show exactly what they can do on the Under-18 stage against a Derby side who have lost their three games.

"We'll be totally different to the side who played in the FA Youth Cup on Wednesday night," Barr admitted when previewing the game.

"We'll have five Under-16s starting the game, which will be a challenge. We want the boys to go out there, enjoy themselves and show us what they've got.

"Derby are a good team and we'll see what they've got and how we cope with them. I want our players to show the opposition what they can do, be brave and ask questions of them.

"I want us to keep the ball and spend periods in the opposition half rather than go for goal with every attack. I want us to embrace the challenge.

"It's development football. The five Under-16s are coming in with us next season along with three more. We want them to stake a claim already for that and make sure they feel at home with us," Billy concluded.

Kick-off against the Rams is at 12pm at the Derby County Academy.

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