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Sloppiness irks Barr despite victory

The Under-18s boss wasn't completely satisfied despite a fourth win in the last five games, following a 4-1 win over Sunderland

17 April 2019

Despite scoring four times to earn victory over Sunderland Under-18s at the Academy, Rovers Under-18s chief Billy Barr wasn't completely satisfied with what he saw from his side.

Strikes from Flavian Enzo Boyomo, Chanka Zimba, Luke Brennan and James Connolly earned a convincing win for the young Rovers, who continued their excellent form in the division, despite the visitors pulling a goal back late on in the encounter.

It's now four wins from the last five games for Barr's boys, who will be hoping to end the season on an even higher note in their final game of the season at Newcastle United at the end of this month.

But despite the goalscoring exploits from his side against the Black Cats, Barr felt his side were lacking more of a ruthless streak on home turf.

“In the second half I thought we were really sloppy, despite scoring a really good fourth goal, with James Connolly - who is scoring quite a few goals at the moment - finishing off a great move," he reflected after the game.

“We just have to keep going. The lads are on a good run with one defeat in the last six and we challenged the lads with five games to go, to go unbeaten.

“It’s much better than this time last season, but you still have to work hard and be ruthless, which I didn’t think we were in the second half. That’s what they need to do better, and they’ll learn.

“Dan Pike’s upset after getting shut off at the back post for their goal, but he’ll learn from that.

"We’re moving in the right direction, that’s for sure.

“Luke Brennan’s got strengths and the challenge for Luke is to get that consistency. We’ve seen flashes of his quality this season, but consistency is the key for not only him but for all the lads."


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