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Davies: "It was a tough game."

14 January 2017

Reds 'keeper Adam Davies spoke to the assembled media following the defeat at Craven Cottage..

The Reds stopper was again in inspired form between the sticks for Barnsley this afternoon, making a number of impressive saves. Although disappointed naturally with the result, Davies feels it was quite harsh how it all played out having seen the Reds stem the early Fulham tide. 

"It was a tough game" he said. "They're a good side that keep the ball really well. We knew that and tried to set up to stop that, but good players can get around you and pop it around like they did early on. But I think after the first 15 minutes we got to grips with it, had our own good chances and we thought going into half-time at 0-0 would be good. But then they get the penalty which was disappointing and so it's a tough one to take."

Regards the game-changing penalty incident, Adam didn't see much point in going over it. Angus MacDonald was adjudged to have fouled Kevin McDonald following a Fulham corner but to most eyes, there wasn't an infringement.

"I didn't see the incident to be honest" Davies admitted. "I was focused on the ball. But I genuinely thought he'd blown for a free-kick to us. It's disappointing but it's just one of those things. They got the decision and we didn't. It is what it is. We can't change it."

The Reds 'keeper probably kept the score respectable with a number of fine saves in the second-half and he described how he continued to encourage his teammates in the face of the Fulham onslaught.

He explained: "They had some good chances second-half and we did well to keep them out at times I suppose. I kept shouting to the lads 'come on, bit of pride, no more goals' and you know, we went up the other end a couple of times and pushed for a goal but it didn't happen for us so it's disappointing."

It's onto Tuesday now for Barnsley and the visit of Blackpool in the FA Cup Third Round replay at Oakwell, and Davies feels it's a good opportunity for the players to get straight back on the horse and get back to winning ways, ahead of a huge Yorkshire Derby next weekend.

"I'm actually glad we've got that game on Tuesday now, so we can bounce back quickly, that's what we need to do, keep that winning habit. So hopefully we can get that victory on Tuesday at Oakwell and get into the next round before the big game next weekend."

Adam Davies' full interview is available to watch over on Barnsley Player HD.

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