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Beaten by the better team

Billy Barr gave a typically honest assessment following his side's Premier League International Cup defeat to Hertha Berlin

16 November 2019

Rovers' Development Squad chief Billy Barr gave a typically honest assessment following his team's defeat to Hertha Berlin at Ewood Park on Friday night.

Rovers' first ever Premier League International Cup campaign got off to a disappointing start against the Germans in what was a frustrating display from the hosts.

Two goals in the final 12 minutes of the game made sure that Hertha returned to Germany with the three points, with the goals coming through Panzu Ernesto and a late tap in from substitute Timur Gayet.

Rovers huffed and puffed but it was to be a bitterly disappointing second half display, despite an encouraging first 45 minutes on home turf.

“We were beaten by the better team on the night," Barr reflected post-match.

"I'm happy with elements of the first half when we did finally get to grips with the game, and we did have the better chances in the first half. Take them and it's a different game.

“The second half we huffed and puffed but didn't really get anything flowing. You sensed their goal was coming and we're spoken about managing games in the dressing room.

“When you're under the cosh do you need to hit it long? No, get us up, play us out and have a breather by taking charge of the ball.

“We got what we deserved in the second half. On the night their group was better than our group.

“They were better on the ball, moved it around and depleted our energy. They are things we like to do the opposition. I felt their movement off the ball to support each other was better than ours.

“They brought a vocal support with them, which was great, and it was a different challenge for us. But the lads have to work it out.

“They play differently, definitely. Can we take parts of their game into ours? We'll look into that, but ultimately it's 11 v 11.

“I think our lot will be disappointed with big parts of the game," he added.

“Some of the players are short of match practice, but you're expected to perform to get into the gaffer's eyes.

“He's here tonight and he'll decide what he's seen. We've got a busy Christmas schedule coming up and it's a chance for players to try and impact the first team schedule."


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