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José Morais: "Today we again had two faces."

10 March 2018

The Barnsley FC Head Coach described his side as being 'two-faced' when he spoke to the press following this afternoon's 3-1 defeat at Middlesbrough.

As we've seen in other games recently, it was a tale of two halves for the Reds today with a poor showing in the opening 45 minutes followed by a much improved display after the break.

But as Morais was quick to admit when he faced the cameras post-match, the Reds are giving themselves too much work to do against sides who are already in the driving seat.

He explained, saying: "We had two faces, as we've seen in previous games of late. The first half was something I don't recognise in my team. In the second they are much better. 

"But we expected them to start in a different way, with more quality. We know we were facing a good team, they're very strong but we were prepared for that. But we conceded two goals in very short minutes, so we were way behind so early on. 

"This reduced our possibilities. And in the midfield we weren't organised as we'd like today, and this provoked an imbalance in our side. Our opponents took advantage of us, and despite trying to rectify things in the second half, the damage was done."

It was a much-improved performance in the second half and whilst José acknowledged the fact that it was too late, he took some comfort from the players' efforts in the second period. 

"We got the goal," he started. "And we should maybe have added one or two more, we were very good and interesting in the period around that first goal from Kieffer (Moore). 

"It was a more stable game and we created situations to score. I think the boys they realised eventually that they could hurt the opponent, and that if they start the game like this they can take points in games no matter what team we are playing against.

"But it's simple, we must start better in the beginning. We can't wait 45 minutes to make things happen in a game, we have to start in a different posture."

Morais had made five changes from Tuesday night's side that were edged out away at Cardiff City, and he gave his reasoning for altering the lineup this afternoon, suggesting that with games coming thick and fast over a short period of time, he will have to use his squad intellligently.

"It is imperative that we refresh the players, if we are to be competitive we must take in mind the amount of games we are playing. We have two home games in the next seven days. So to rotate the players, today I felt the players would solve the game in a good way, but it wasn't to be.

"To rotate is important. By refreshing the team we can have a different energy. I hope we can have Brad Potts back in contention next week. The midfield is a key zone for us and Potts is a strong possibility in our midfield so hopefully he can be available in the next game.

"The players they are not machines, so we have to rest them accordingly. But we must now look to bounce back and re-focus. And that means Tuesday night against Norwich City. It's at home and we're looking forward to getting back to Oakwell."


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