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Tonge: "There's positives and it's up to us to keep the boys going."

Reds First Team Coach anticipating tricky encounter

22 August 2019

Dale Tonge says Barnsley are going to stick to their principles as they look to bounce back from Tuesday night’s defeat at Birmingham City.

The Reds suffered a 2-0 loss at St Andrews, but confidence in the camp remains high given our impressive home form under Daniel Stendel.

Luton Town are the visitors to Oakwell this weekend, and Barnsley will be hoping for a repeat of last season when they claimed all three points in a thrilling 3-2 victory.

“We understand that we’re going to have ups and downs this season, but we won’t change our style; we know how we want to play and that it’ll work,” said Tonge. “For us, it’s that the boys believe in it and carry it out as much as they can within the games.

“We’ve had a couple of results where it’s not gone our way, but the performance against Charlton was encouraging. There’s positives there and it’s up to us to keep the boys going and build up for the next couple of days against Luton.

“You look at the performance against Fulham and the performance against Charlton up to a certain point, barring a certain couple of errors – I think we’ve merited two wins. We didn’t get those and that’s what we’re looking to sort out on Saturday.”

The Hatters travel to South Yorkshire having claimed just one point so far, although Tonge believes it is an inaccurate reflection of their performances so far.

Narrow defeats against Cardiff City, West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield Wednesday have left the Kenilworth Road outfit in 22nd place, but the Reds’ First Team Coach is anticipating another stern examination on Saturday.

“I think they should have more points than what they have,” admitted Tonge. “We’ve watched all of their games and they’ve been very unfortunate, but they’re an exciting team to watch.

“They’re very innovative in the way that they play and they’ve kept a lot of structure from the past two seasons. It’s going to be a tough game; they’re very good, especially in transition, and it’s up to us to implement a game plan that’s going to affect them at the weekend.”

You can watch Dale’s full press conference on iFollow Barnsley.


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