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It's another difficult game, says Billy

The Under-18s chief looks ahead to Saturday's clash against Liverpool...

28 February 2019

Billy Barr is expecting another tricky fixture against another north-west side when he takes Rovers' Under-18s to Liverpool on Saturday morning.

Barr's boys battled back from 2-0 down to earn a point at home to high-flying Manchester United at the weekend, to extend their unbeaten run to two games.

And the task ahead on Saturday looks a tough one considering the Reds sit top of the table in the Under-18 Premier League.

But Barr's hoping his side can rise to the challenge and upset the odds on Merseyside.

“It’s another very difficult game," Billy began.

"They will have seen us play awful in the first half and better in the second.

“We’ve seen the video of them against Newcastle, who are bottom of the league, and they drew 1-1.

“It’s a tough league and anybody can beat anybody. It’s a great league and it’s 11 v 11, it doesn’t matter what the badge is.

"We want to keep things going, keep working for each other and see where it takes us."

One in form Rover of late has been defender turned striker Chanka Zimba.

He's scored two in his last two games, and Barr explains the change in position for the 17-year-old.

“Chanka wants to be seen as a centre forward. We didn’t think he’d make it as a centre half as a professional, if we’re being honest," he added.

“He can finish, there’s no doubt about that. He started in that position and we came to a joint decision to play him up front.

“We’ve seen glimpses in training that we like, and he just needs to work that little bit harder to get in those positions to score the goals."


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