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Morais: "It was a fantastic day."

25 February 2018

The Reds Head Coach reflected upon his first win in charge of the Reds, Saturday's 2-0 victory over Birmingham City at St Andrew's.

Barnsley secured a vital three points with victory on the road in the second city, thanks in no small part to Oli McBurnie's first half brace, and former Real Madrid coach Morais described Saturday as a 'feelgood' day. 

"It was a fantastic day," he told us post-match.

"I woke up today, I feel good, and I said 'the sun is shining, it's a fantastic day and it will continue like that'. And at the end of the day I feel lucky that it happened like that.

"I'm delighted that it worked out like that, for my players, for the work that we've started to do, and this is only possible if we believe in the things that we are doing. 

"The number of supporters that I saw here today, I just want to say to them 'thankyou' for the support. I say thankyou for coming, and don't stop believing because we will have more days like that."

The Reds started with three out and out strikers in the shape of McBurnie, Kieffer Moore and Mamadou Thiam, in a new-look 4-3-3 formation. 

Morais felt his forwards and those bombing on from midfield proved too hot for their hosts to handle.

José said: "I thought we were dangerous, the forwards they were effective, and we had good organisation. It was a continuity of the second half in the last game.

"But done with more tranquility, more organisation, because I've only been here working with the players for eight days. So that's been demanding. Especially for the players, for them to assimilate towards what we really want from them.

"But they've taken everything on board really quickly. It would be easier if we had more than just a few days to get our ideas across, but these young players have really been quick in terms of what we are trying to get into them.

"We want to create an identity in the game and it's only just started, so let's continue in this way."

The gaffer was quick to praise goalscorer McBurnie for his part in the victory. 

"I expect everything from him. He's a talented player and an extraordinary man. I'm expecting a lot of good things and good surprises from Oli. One of them happened today, he wanted to give a little more suspense to the result when he didn't score the penalty!

José signed off by praising all of his players in producing a really positive and consistent performance in gaining three vital points.

He told us: "All of the boys did a very good job. They were all very consistent. Kieffer Moore for example he was a warrior out there, but the defenders in the second half especially, they did what we've expected of them, they did what was necessary for us to achieve what we needed to achieve. 

"My team were very responsible, there is value in this team, they have so much potential and if they keep assimilating things in a fast way like this, like I say, we will give our fans more days like this."

Watch José's post-match interview in full over on iFollow.


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