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A pleasing point

Billy Barr reflects after Rovers' Under-23s are held to a goalless draw away to

27 October 2019

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Billy Barr was pleased with Rovers’ defensive display, as they drew 0-0 away to Liverpool in Premier League 2.

In a game of few chances, Jack Vale and Sam Barnes saw efforts saved by Liverpool keeper Caoimhin Kelleher, whilst Elijah Dixon-Bonner twice went close for the hosts.

With the first team in action at Preston on the same day, a young Rovers side included scholars Isaac Whitehall and Sam Burns from the start, whilst fellow Under-18s Dan Pike, Sam Durrant and Jalil Saadi all came on in the second half.

After the scoreless stalemate, Barr said: “We weren’t fantastic, but we defended ok.

“There wasn’t many clear cut chances in the game. Our best ones were probably three minutes in and three minutes to go.

“One from Jack Vale – good pressing high up the pitch, a good ball from Ben Paton and Jack is in the box. He takes a good first touch, but then the keeper makes the save.

“And then late in the game, Isaac Whitehall swings one in with his left foot from the right hand side and Sam Barnes has stayed up from a corner, but unfortunately puts it into the keeper’s arms.

“The pleasing thing, having not played as well as we can, was we came away with a clean sheet and we get a point.

“We also had two scholars that started the game and three more came on, so pleasing from that point of view.”

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