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Pinillos: "We are still confident in ourselves."

11 March 2018

Spanish full back Dani Pinillos reacted to yesterday's 3-1 defeat at Middlesbrough by suggesting the focus must quickly move towards a big week at Oakwell.

The former Cordoba defender has been in and out of the Reds side since arriving in the January transfer window and yesterday he came up against fellow countryman and one of the standout performers in the Sky Bet Championship this season, Adama Traore up at Middlesbrough. 

Pinillos believes the start that he and his teammates made to the match at the Riverside Stadium cost them any opportunity to pick up what could have been vital points in the race for survival.

"The two early goals cost us," he explained.

"They were much better than we were, they came flying out of the blocks and punished us for a sloppy first half. 

"We had the better of the second half, we created clear chances and could have actually got something from the game, but our start cost us.

"Middlesbrough are a really organised team, they have quality players in every position, they work so hard and make it difficult for sides to break them down. But again I say, we have to start better than that."

A player who has Championship experience after a spell with Nottingham Forest in recent years, Dani wants to move on quickly from the Boro game and focus on the games they can affect, starting with Tuesday night's match against Norwich City at Oakwell.

The game was postponed just over a week ago now and so counts as the Reds' game in hand over their relegation-battling rivals, and Pinillos feels that if the team can put in a full 90 minute performance, they're more than capable of getting a result against the Canaries.

He told us: "We have to move on now, we can't do anything about this game. We have a game at home on Tuesday and we need to focus on that. 

"There have been positives to take from some of the recent games I think, we gave ourselves too much to do in the last two matches but in them, we proved we can hurt these teams.

"We are actually confident as a team that we can get the results we need. After the second half today, we know we have the capacity to perform well. We've shown that at Cardiff, Hull and in Birmingham too. But we do have to make it count now with three points, hopefully on Tuesday and Saturday this week!"

Despite the defeat at Boro, Dani suggested the Reds supporters were right behind his side.

He made a point of thanking those who travelled for trying to back the team in the second half as Barnsley pushed the hosts back in search for more goals.

"We have some really good fans and I want to say thank you to them for their support today. I know that they will be with us right until the end.

"Thank you for getting behind us and let's hope we reward that with more points."


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