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Barr: We can still improve

Despite earning a spot in the next round of the Lancashire Senior Cup, Billy Barr expects better from his side

11 September 2019

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Despite a safe passage into the next round of the Lancashire Senior Cup, Billy Barr says there's still room for improvement from his side.

There was a blend of youth and experience for the test against Accrington Stanley in the first round of the competition at Leyland on Tuesday night, with the likes of Ryan Nyambe, Harry Chapman, Dominic Samuel and Danny Graham al featuring.

A pair of penalties from Samuel and Graham earned a comfortable 2-0 win for Rovers, but Barr admitted that he was still a little irked by some 'sloppy' play at times in the encounter against John Coleman's charges.

“I thought we were good for long periods, but we were sloppy at times," he reflected after the game.

“For as good as we were at times, we kept giving them the ball back.

“The second half of the first half we grew in to it, dominated possession.

“I thought it was a good game. Accrington named a strong team and we came out with a positive result, and a clean sheet as well.

“It was nice for some of the pros to drop down and play alongside some of the Under-23s.

“It gives them a look at what they have to do on a regular basis to get in to that first-team squad.”

And the Development Squad chief reserved special praise for goalkeeper Joe Hilton, who produced an impressive display inbetween the sticks.

The youngster showed his quality with a number of eye-catching stops to help guide Rovers into round two.

“Joe was really good," Barr added. "There was one in the first half and several in the second half.

“I’ve been pleased with Joe. At times, especially the Wolves game at home, we’ve been under the cosh and he has made some good saves. I’ve been really happy with him.”

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