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Interviews

The Gaffer & George Moncur On QPR Test

26 September 2017

The Reds face Rangers this evening under the Oakwell lights and Paul Heckingbottom and George Moncur gave us their thoughts ahead of the Sky Bet Championship clash.

 

Hecky

 

The Gaffer first reflected on the weekend's defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers before discussing the start to the season as well as previewing tonight's big match.

 

WOLVES

"We don't have any real issues, Brad Potts rolled his ankle but he's been training so we'll see how that goes. We pulled Lloyd Isgrove out of the 23s as a precaution as his thigh was a little tender. There's no point risking that getting worse. Conceding in the last minute of any game, whether you're losing two points or one point, it's a massive kick in the teeth. To show great character and determination to get back in the game like we did, it's disappointing that we didn't see it out."

THE START TO THE SEASON

"If you look at the games as a whole, we've been more than competitive in most of them. Just in the last three, we've played Villa, Spurs and Wolves. We're not going to play three harder games in a row I don't think. We acquitted ourselves well in every game, but know exactly how and why we lost them. Other than individual errors, we more than matched them. And we're well ahead of where I expected us to be at this stage, which is encouraging as it shows the players are taking everything on board. And it's about continuing that, always improving, learning and trying to get better."

QPR

"It doesn't matter who we are playing against, we're trying to get points no matter what. QPR will be posing us a number of problems. Since Ian (Holloway) went in there they've become a real high-tempo side who are very tough to play against. They like to upset you, to spoil the rhythm of the opposition. That's what we're expecting them to try and do when they come here."

 

 

Reds midfield man George Moncur offered up his own take on how the season has started for Barnsley as well as trying to dissect the Wolves performance and tonight's game with QPR at Oakwell.

 

Moncur

 

THE START TO THE SEASON

"We've performed better than we're sitting in the table. We've got a game in hand and like Saturday, we've been very unlucky not to get anything from some games. I think we're gelling nicely as we get to know each other and our games. It's a young group and we're all learning but we'll improve the more games we play."

WOLVES

"The way we conceded in the last minute was harsh, but we were decent and more than matched Wolves who are a good side. We have to take the positives from the performance and take them into the QPR game and other matches moving forward."

QPR

"It's going to be another tough test for us, as always in the Championship. It'll be nice to see Josh Scowen though, I enjoyed playing alongside him and he's a great little player. If we can put our own game on them, we're a match for anyone I reckon. We're due a couple of results so what better time than this week to get two wins before the international break."


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