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Plenty of positives for us

"While we weren’t good with the ball, I thought we were really good in our shape"

24 September 2019

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Billy Barr was left pleased after witnessing his side thrash Tottenham Hotspur Under-23s on home turf on Monday night.

Dominic Samuel hit a hat-trick on the night, with Stefan Mols bagging the other as a rampant Rovers registered an emphatic 4-0 victory against Wayne Burnett's side.

And speaking afterwards, Barr was delighted with his team's application against the north Londoners.

“If I’m being honest I don’t think we were great at the start of either half, but while we weren’t good with the ball, I thought we were really good in our shape," he confessed after the encounter.

“We denied them chances to get through. It was something we spoke about with them when we watched the video.

“We just needed to be patient, stay compact, not give them the gaps to go through, and then we got it we had the picture of how we could have affect the game.

“A 4-0 win against a team like that is very pleasing.”

Each of Samuel's trio of strikes were different sort of finishes and Billy believes that the frontman is getting back to his best after a long spell on the sidelines with a knee injury.

“He’s getting better with every game, and he’s scoring goals which is great for any striker, even in training when he’s trained with the first-team," he added.

“I looked at him and I thought he looked an athlete.

“It’s been a long 10 or 11 months for him but he looks like he’s getting back to how he was.

“There was a lot of space for him to run in to which when you’re quick is great, you want a long race because you know you’re going to win it.

“He’s in a rich vein of form and hopefully it continues.”

And on the absence of first team pair Harry Chapman and Sam Hart, Barr added that it was just a case of handing others their opportunity.

“It’s hard to get everyone in and if we’re playing all of the pros then the younger lads coming in to the system miss out," he admitted.

“It was just that, rotation of the elder players.”

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