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Barr's high hopes for home comforts

Billy's eager to make home advantage count in tonight's FA Youth Cup clash

17 January 2018

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It's consecutive game number three at Ewood Park for Billy Barr's youngsters when Watford visit on Wednesday night, and the Under-18s boss is hoping the winning Ewood run can continue against the Hornets.

Rovers have seen off Wrexham and Stoke City in the FA Youth Cup on home soil so far on their run to round four and Barr's keen on more exploits.

The last performance - against Stoke before Christmas - was an excellent one and Barr wants more of the same from his young charges when the Hornets head up from Hertfordshire.

So, are his youngsters now used to the playing venue? Barr explains all.

“It’s starting to become home! It’s been great for them. Obviously that’s three games now in this run and some of them had never been near Ewood in the past," he told iFollow Rovers.

“Now they’ve been on it, some of the lads have scored on it, the feel-good factor is there and they’re looking forward to it.

And Barr's laid down the gauntlet for his side, saying good cup performances can lead to further Ewood outings in the future, especially with Tony Mowbray watching on from the stand.

“Playing at Ewood Park is ultimately where they all want to be," he admits.

"If they can get to grips with the arena and the emotion that goes with playing in the arena, earlier in their careers, it should stand them in good stead for Under-23s football and, hopefully, first team football.”

Kick off is scheduled for 7.00pm at Ewood Park on Wednesday 17th January.

Ticket prices:

Admission is £4 for adults and £2 for concessions (65+ and ages 17 and under). Season tickets are not valid for this fixture.

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