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Clapham: "The fans have been fantastic all season."

29 April 2017

First Team Coach praised the fans for supporting the Reds throughout the course of the season.

Jamie Clapham felt the Reds deserved more than just a point following this afternoon's 1-1 draw at Oakwell with Burton Albion.

Barnsley looked the better of the two sides this afternoon, but George Moncur's first half strike was cancelled out by Luke Varney's header moments after coming on as a substitute.

Clapham was quick to congratulate the visitors on staying in the division but rued the Reds' killer instinct for not taking their chances this afternoon.

He said, "First and foremost, congratulations to Burton on staying up, it's some achievement from both clubs to do what they've done this year ans I think you could see they were whole hearted, they put their bodies on the line and managed the game, it's nothing we didn't expect but unfortunately today we couldn't break them down.

"We knew they'd make it really difficult for us, we'd have loved to have had that little bit of quality in front of goal and kill them off, we had chances but I don't think the 'keeper had too many saves to make. It;s been a long, tough season but we'd like to have won today.

"The players gave everything they could for the shirt which is what they've done all season and it's good."

George Moncur was on target once again for the Reds, scoring his second goal in as many matches with a smart finish from the middle of the area. Clapham feels it is testament to Moncur that he is reaping the rewards of a string of excellent performances.

"It was a good goal, we're at our best when we can counter and when teams are open, when they had 10 players behind the ball, you can see how difficult it is to get the yellow wall down. It was a tough game but George took his goal well, just like last week.

"It's pleasing for him because he's had good run in the team coming up to the end of the season as well," he added.

Adam Jackson returned to the side this afternoon, playing his first match since January when he sustained an injury whilst playing for the Under 23s. Clapham highlighted the defender for a mention because of his strong showing and added why Saidy Janko did not make it into the squad this afternoon.

Clapham added, "He's done really well, he suffered an injury in an Under 23s game so it was just at the right time he was coming back to fitness, ideally we would have liked to have had more training and a game but the medical staff have done well, we've managed it and he was terrific.

"We have six loans in the squad and we didn't want to make that mistake again so it was Saidy who missed out today."

With one game in the season remaining, the First Team Coach is keen for the Reds to go up to Newcastle and cause an upset and finish the season on a high, giving the fans one last hoorah before the summer break. He praised their support throughout the course of the season and for cheering the Reds on through thick and thin.

He said, "The fans have been fantastic all season and the away support wherever we've gone has been fantastic, we've got one game left so let's go to Newcastle and spoil their party!"

He added that the Reds coaching staff will sit down and prepare for next season after facing Newcastle next Sunday and asserted that whatever they take from this season, they will aim to better them next campaign.

"Once the season is finished we'll go through every detail to try and improve the little bits, there's nothing that needs massive improvement but we want to strive for better, the players, coaches and management staff should want to as well," he said.

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