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REACTION: Kieffer Moore

21 February 2018

Kieffer Moore feels Barnsley were unfortunate not to take anything from the game as they fell to a 2-1 defeat against Burton Albion.

The Reds’ forward bagged his first goal for the club as he diverted Dani Pinillos’ effort past Stephen Bywater to stage a late fightback, after Jamie Allen and Jacob Davenport had given the visitors a two-goal lead before the interval. 

Mamadou Thiam looked as if he had rescued a point for José Morais’ side with virtually the last kick of the game, only to see the goal ruled out for offside. 

"The referee has called it as Mama offside and we’ve watched it back and there’s no way he could have been offside, so it’s disappointing that a decision like that has ultimately cost us,” admitted Moore.

“It was a disappointing first half. Obviously it’s always a disadvantage when you go 1-0 down without even touching the ball - they scored in the first two minutes. I believe, in the second half, we acted well when we went 2-0 down; we got the goal back - which I got. I believe we kept pushing and we were unlucky for that goal not to be allowed at the end.”

Morais made tactical changes at half-time, bringing on Thiam for Lloyd Isgrove at the interval in a bid to offer more penetration out wide. 

The Portuguese Head Coach continued to tweak the team as Brad Potts was introduced for Adam Hammill and Moore replaced Tom Bradshaw before Barnsley finally made a breakthrough 15 minutes from time.

“The gaffer is obviously new to this Club and he’s trying to implement his own style of how we play,” continued Moore. "He just said if we need to go direct and change our plan then we’ll change it. He changed it; he made all the shots and we got a goal back and should have had another like I said, but we were unlucky. So he tried to urge us on by changing the style of play.

“That’s all you can do really when you go 2-0 down. I think that’s what we’ve been lacking from our game - a bit more of a physical, direct play. When we went very direct, you saw them drop off - they were near enough in their goal for all of the second half and we eventually got possession throughout the midfield and kept circulating it and getting balls back into the box.

"It’s a disappointing day to not get the three points as we desperately needed them, but we’ll move onto Birmingham now. It’s going to be a dogfight now and we’re going to need every single player to put in their all.”

Moore arrived at Oakwell in the January transfer window for an undisclosed fee from fellow Championship side Ipswich Town.

The striker had been in sensational form while on loan at League One outfit Rotherham United, where he bagged 13 goals to help the Millers with their promotion push.

“I’ve placed it in, so I’m happy to get my first goal for Barnsley but disappointed to lose the game,” said Moore. "When you get your first goal for your new team it’s always a good feeling, that kind of relief. Now I can really get the wheels in motion and I’m delighted to get credited for the goal and hopefully this is a good start for me now, and hopefully I can start the next game and score again.”


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