Andreas Winkler was left frustrated following Barnsley’s Checkatrade Trophy second round penalty shootout exit at the hands of Manchester City U21s.
The Reds led twice on Tuesday evening in a topsy-turvy encounter, but were pegged back by the visitors who forced spot kicks after Ian Carlo Poveda made it 3-3 with 15 minutes remaining.
“We had lots of chances and we have to be more ruthless and clinical in front of goal,” insisted Winkler. “If we concede three goals then we have to score four or five times, but overall we need to defend better as a team.
“We don’t talk about the back four – it’s a team. We always say that we defend as a team, like we did in the first five or six matches and defending in our style starts with the strikers.
“I feel disappointed, really disappointed because we were in the knockout stage and we wanted to go to Wembley. It’s a good competition, especially if you don’t have a lot of match time for all the players. Now we’re out – we want to win every match – and we’re disappointed.”
One player in particular who impressed for Barnsley was Jordan Williams, who notched his first goal for the club to level scores at 2-2 midway through the second half.
The young full-back arrived at Oakwell from Huddersfield Town this summer and put in a fine display against City’s Rabbi Matondo, who recently earned his first Wales cap against Albania.
“We’re very happy with Jordan; he deserved his goal,” continued the Reds’ Assistant Head Coach. “It was a very good performance from him against a very, very quick player.
“I’ve never seen such a pacey team. They are 17 or 18-years-old and always dangerous, so you always have to be alert. They didn’t play 100% the style of the first team, but you could see the talents of this team – in League One, nothing compares to this team in terms of the way they play out from the back and how they attack.”
You can watch Andreas’ full press conference on iFollow Barnsley.