Reds defender Andy Yiadom spoke to the media after today's 0-0 draw at Reading..
The full back returned from international duty this week and was trusted by Paul Heckingbottom to go straight back into the Reds starting XI. He felt it was a good team performance this afternoon.
He said: “It was a tough game. Reading are a good side with quality players, they move the ball really well but I thought we created the better chances. They had a couple too but I felt we deserved the clean sheet. We’ll take that going into the Villa game.”
Up against one of the best wingers the Championship has to offer in Garath McCleary and playing alongside a few new teammates too, it was a fine showing by Yiadom and he puts much of that down to the work that’s done on the training ground.
“The winger who played on my side was really quick” he explained. “But like I said I felt we defended our box really well and got a deserved clean sheet out of it. It just goes to show how well we’re doing on the training pitch. Everyone is tuned in really well when it comes down to our shape and organisation.”
Andy believes that if anything, the Reds deserved all three points today, but preferred to focus on the positives of a clean sheet as Heckingbottom’s squad now look forward to another trip this Tuesday evening to Aston Villa.
He said: “Looking back at our chances we could easily have won, but we have to take out the positives and move on, like I say the clean sheet is great and our second in a row. Reading’s a tough place to come and get three points but we nearly got it. We just have to move on to the Villa game now.”
Spending a few weeks away with Ghana who finished 4th in the African Cup of Nations in Gabon, Yiadom believes the experience will hold him in good stead moving forward.
“Coming back and playing the full 90 minutes after all the travelling I’ve had to do recently, it really took it out of me today but I got through it and it bodes well for me. I really enjoyed the experience, to get a few caps for Ghana it was very proud for me.
“I can use what I’ve learned over there now I’m back at Barnsley. The biggest difference was the temperature, it’s a vast difference I can tell you that! I’ve gone from 30 degrees and really humid to snow!”