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Billy wants to continue cup adventure

The Under-18s boss wants his side to ensure progression to round five tonight

17 January 2018

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Ahead of Rovers Under-18's FA Youth Cup clash against Watford on Wednesday evening, boss Billy Barr wants the adventure to continue for his young charges.

The youngsters have really enjoyed their journey in the competition so far, knocking out Tranmere, Wrexham and Stoke to ge to this stage.

Against Stoke in the last round was arguably their best performance in the cup, especially considering the team had received a humbling defeat to the same opponents in the league just a few weeks previously.

“It’s been a different adventure, obviously starting in round one this time, but I think the lads have been really good," Barr told iFollow Rovers.

“It’s probably been our better games of the season so far. We had the perceived ‘stronger group’ back for each game and I think they’ve gone about their business really well in each one and they’re looking forward to the Watford game.

“In terms of their long-term development, that’s the kind of thing we’ve spoken about. Ultimately, we’ve told them we have to win games and they’ve gone about it really well.

“It started with the Tranmere game, where I thought we were dominant on the night despite only winning 1-0. Against Wrexham, coming back from 1-0 down and bossing the game again and getting what we deserved.

“And then the Stoke game, where we could have been one or two down early on, we dealt with it, we got better as it went on in the first half, got our goals and then showed a different side to us in the second half, where we defended deeper and really well.

“Stoke probably thought they could do to us what they’d done to us in the league, especially with the quick goal after half-time, but the lads stood up to the rest of the test really well and got us to this fourth round.

“What they did do on the night, they all put it together in a team performance, which got us a great result against a strong Stoke team."

So what sort of challenge to the Hornets pose when they visit Ewood on Wednesday night?

Billy's expecting another tough clash, but Barr's backing his boys to continue their journey in the competition with the win.

"We’ve been to watch them," he added. "We watched them in the last round against Sunderland. They play differently to the teams that we play against in Category One.

“They work really hard for each other and the system they play suits them.

“They don’t lose many games, so we’ve tried to stress the importance of patience and making sure we don’t just go down blind alleys into Watford numbers.

“We’ve prepared for it as we did the last three and hopefully we can have a repeat performance," Barr concluded.

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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