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One of our best displays of the season

“I think we started really well, had the chances and got the goals, and played some good stuff"

14 December 2019

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A beaming Billy Barr was thrilled to see his side produce on of their finest performances of 2019-20 and end Leicester City's eight-game winning streak in all competitions.

First half goals arrived from Dominic Samuel and a Dan Butterworth penalty to put Rovers in command before an Admiral Muskwe strike halved the deficit for the high-flying Foxes.

It was a tight encounter, and George Hirst would have equalised from the spot had Andy Fisher not guessed right to save his penalty midway through the second half.

From there it would have been easy for Barr's side to shut up shop, but substitute Brad Lyons made the game safe just two minutes before full time with a lovely slotted finish.

The victory saw Rovers return to winning ways, and Barr was delighted with what he saw from his team in the drizzle at Ewood Park.

“I think it’s up there as our best display of the season," he said after the game.

“I think we started really well, had the chances and got the goals, and played some good stuff.

“We got our reward with the result from the display.

“We’re disappointed with the goal they scored, coming from our own goal kick. That made it a little bit nervy.

“The biggest thing from the win is the way we defended when the ball came in our box, although we have to stop the crosses from coming in.

“We defended really well and Fish [Fisher] was behind it as well with some really good saves, which includes the stop from the penalty spot as well. They all contributed."

There was a new look central defensive partnership of Sam Barnes and Tyler Magloire at the heart of the Rovers backline.

The duo certainly looked to have a good understanding after returning from injury, and Barr was pleased with the performance of both players.

“The team changed today", he added.

"Tyler was always playing, Sam was going to be on the bench but that altered at the last minute.

“I thought Tyler did really well for his first game back after injury, putting his body on the line, played when he should, got things right and got some things wrong as well, as you’d expect if you’ve had four months out."

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