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Morais: "We are creating our identity."

7 March 2018

José Morais reacted to last night's defeat away at Cardiff City.

Barnsley Head Coach José Morais was pleased with his side’s performance despite a 2-1 defeat at Cardiff City on Tuesday evening.
Callum Paterson and Marko Grujic fired the hosts in front with well-taken goals either side of the interval before Oli McBurnie bagged his fifth goal in as many games just after the hour mark.
But Morais praised the team after giving the promotion-chasing Bluebirds an almighty scare in South Wales.

“I would say that it was a pity because we deserved much more than what we got,” said the Head Coach. "The second half was a fantastic second half, in my opinion - much closer to the real potential of the team. 

"This gives me the positive feeling that I believe even more in our future. We played against second in the league and one of the candidates that can be in the Premier League next season, but what I can see is that we dominated part of the game and showed that we have the character to be in a different situation in the table.
"We will keep believing that our place in the table will be higher than where we are now.”
Barnsley enjoyed 61% of the ball at the Cardiff City Stadium against Neil Warnock’s side, who closed the gap to Wolverhampton Wanderers to just three points at the Championship summit.
The visitors also managed 19 attempts on the Bluebirds’ goal compared to 11 from the hosts as Morais saw his side show incredible spirit after half-time.
“We created some chances - I would love to create more chances and more clear chances to score,” continued Morais. "I believe we could have left here with more than what we took.
“I believe, even after the second goal, we came into the game; we created enough situations to get a different result and it was a pity.
“We are creating personality in our game, identity in our game and we believe in positive results. We are going to play our fourth away game in a row, which is not normal, and I think we will make performances to get the results that we need."
McBurnie, on loan from Cardiff’s fierce rivals Swansea City, was roundly booed by the home crowd with every touch of the ball.
But that did not faze the young Scot, who scored for the third consecutive game to continue his run of fine form since the arrival of Morais.
“Oli is a player with talent and personality, and it is why he is making a difference,” said the Portuguese. "He is already used to the pressure of the crowd and the boos and I think he will have more boos from bigger crowds.”
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