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Devaney: "We finished really well."

22 July 2018

Barnsley U23s Head Coach Martin Devaney was delighted with his side’s attacking play in Friday’s victory over Hemsworth Miners Welfare.

The young Reds continued their pre-season preparations in entertaining style as they edged a thrilling contest 4-3 at Fitzwilliam Stadium.

“It was a positive game,” said Devaney. “In the first half, we started off right and earnt the right to play, played some good stuff and the goals came about from some good play. We played out well from the back and through the thirds, and finished really well – which is what we’ve been working on in training.

“In the second half, it was disappointing to concede two goals after going 4-1 up, but it was a half full of trialists and it was important to have a good look at them. We need bodies in, so we’re looking at the trialists.”

There were no fewer than nine trialists in the squad against Hemsworth on Friday evening, with each player featuring for at least 45 minutes.

One trialist was even on the score sheet, as he rounded the goalkeeper to slot home Barnsley’s fourth after the interval.

“I wanted to see the lads who have signed play a few more minutes, but we’ve got a game coming up on Tuesday against Sunderland,” continued Devaney. “So I just felt it was the right opportunity for them to stay fresh and have a good look at the lads on trial – they need time to play and impress. One or two have, so we’ll see how we go from here.”

One player who particularly caught the eye against the Wells was Jordan Barnett, who opened the scoring at Fitzwilliam Stadium and assisted Sam Fielding for the Reds’ second in a combative display.

The versatile youngster signed for the Club this summer following a successful trial period at the end of last season, and has impressed in his two outings so far – playing at left-back against Athersley Rec and central midfield against Hemsworth.

“I thought Jordan was really good in terms of how we’re trying to implement the high press,” insisted Devaney. “He’s got that in him; he’s aggressive in the press, he wins it.

“What I spoke about at half-time was that when someone does press like that, the whole team has got to go and do it together. It’s a step forward from last Friday.”


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