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Barr buoyed by south coast comeback

Rovers U23s boss praised his players following 5-3 victory over Brighton

1 September 2019

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Rovers Under-23s boss Billy Barr heaped praise on his players, after they twice came back from two goals down to beat Brighton 5-3 at the Amex on Friday night.

The hosts led 2-0 and 3-1, but two goals apiece from Dominic Samuel and Harry Chapman, as well as a decisive header from defender Sam Barnes, turned the result in Rovers' favour.

"I was really pleased for the lads, really," said Barr, who was appointed head coach of the Unxder-23s just a fortnight ago.

"We set out with a game plan and we didn't really carry it out in the first half.

"In the second half, we moved the ball quickly, we were patient, we stretched Brighton, we opened gaps up and ultimately those gaps won us the game.

"It was really pleasing to score four goals in the second half.

"I was pleased for Dom and pleased for Harry that they got the goals, which will probably move them closer to the first team on the back of that, and I was pleased for Sam Barnes, because throughout his journey with us we have challenged him to score more goals and he could have had a hat-trick on the night.

"Overall, it was a long trip, but a pleasing result in the end."

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Barr reserved special praise for Dominic Samuel and Harry Chapman, who showed their quality with some fine finishing on the night, after the first team duo were asked to make the long journey down to the south coast in order to get some much needed match minutes under their belts.

"There's reasons why players play for the Under-23s," he added.

"Dom is obviously coming back from a long-term injury and Harry isn't in the manager's plans at the moment, so it was an opportunity for them to play some football.

"I said to them both before the game, make sure you come out of the end of the game better than you went into the start of it and I think they both did that."

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