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José Morais' reaction to Millwall defeat

18 March 2018


José Morais' reaction to Millwall defeat

18 March 2018

Barnsley FC Head Coach, José Morais spoke to iFollow in the aftermath of yesterday's 2-0 home defeat to Millwall.

The Portuguese described some of the Reds' play as 'childish' and believes his side were the victims of their own doing. 

The visitors capitalised on poor attempts at retaining possession to take the lead against the run of play and Barnsley found it hard to get a foothold in the game from then on. 

"We gave them their chances to score," José told us, post-match.

"We conceded the first goal in a very childish way. The game, the performance turned around in my opinion, on this moment. Our team continued to try, we continued to create and to attack, as we searched for the goal we needed. 

"It didn't come and at half time we had to make a change in the midfield. It could have been any of them.

"We were more dynamic, more effective after the break. There was more tempo to our play, more intensity. We tried everything to get the goal, but their 'keeper made great saves and then they have a great strike for the second goal, it was a great strike. The wind was in their favour but it was a fantastic goal. 

"I think the team had a good reaction, we created more chances to score but fantastic saves prevented us from getting back into the game. We took risks in an effort to get back into it, but we haven't done enough to get anything, clearly."

Just one point picked up from two home games, plus others in the battle for survival gaining ground has left a feeling of disappointment hanging over Morais. 

The Head Coach suggests that if the Reds keep passing up opportunities to score, and giving away 'stupid' goals, then the task (survival) will only become more difficult.

However, he remains confident in the squad at his disposal at fighting off a League One return.

He told us: "It's a blow, obviously it is. But this is a trend we are trying to change. It's not just this last week here, this has gone on for weeks and months before.

"Our intention is to turn this around. But we have to concentrate more, we have to focus more on what we want. Today, we concede a stupid goal. We decide to throw in to the middle of the pitch, when we should be throwing that up the pitch, up the front. 

"These things can happen, but not for us in this moment, because we need points. If we keep making things harder for ourselves then of course we can struggle.

"But I definitely think we can get out of this. We now have time before our next game and we will be working hard in training to fix things and increase our quality. 

"We need to come back with more efficiency, and a more ruthless character."


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