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Conor Chaplin looks ahead to Cardiff clash

Striker's pre-match thoughts

5 December 2019

Conor Chaplin spoke to the media ahead of Saturday's trip to Cardiff City.

Fresh from grabbing the all-important third goal in last weekend’s 3-1 victory over Hull City at Oakwell, Reds striker Conor Chaplin described a positive mood in camp ahead of this weekend’s trip to Wales to take on the Bluebirds.

“It’s been a good week after the victory.” Chaplin started. “We were straight back to work on the training ground preparing for the Cardiff game but everyone was buzzing really, that was a long time coming, the three points and naturally it gave all of us a lift.

“But within an hour on the Monday we were moving on, with new ideas and a new strategy for Cardiff. That’s what the Gaffer is always preaching, that we focus on each game on its own merit and don’t worry about anything else.”

Barnsley got their reward for once last time out. They’ve been notorious this season for having great spells in games only to throw away an opportunity for points.

That wasn’t the case against the Tigers as Gerhard Struber led his side to victory in his first match in the Reds dugout.

Chaplin admits that the club should be higher in the Sky Bet Championship but accepted the players are ultimately responsible and promised that they’re on the way to fixing the issues that see them currently at the foot of the division.

“There have been too many occasions this season where in my opinion we’ve dominated games, we’ve probably been the better side, it’s happened too many times but we’ve not taken care of the result and we’ve only ourselves to blame for that.

“There’s been some bad luck in there as well but at the end of the day, we’ve shot ourselves in the foot so many times, with mistakes and I include the whole team in that.

“But that’s been the frustrating part of it - without that habit of killing our own good work with errors, we’d be faring much better, we’d definitely be further up the table and not having to try and fight our way out of the bother we are in at the minute.

“We hope we are turning that corner now.”

Conor believes that whilst Saturday’s opponents in the Welsh capital will throw up another difficult task for Barnsley, the positive-minded Reds have already shown they’re capable of competing.

“They’re only just down from the Premier League and so they will be tough opposition as usual. Every club is a challenge at this level, but we know what we are capable of and in fairness, we’ve played some of the bigger sides already so we’ve nothing to fear.

“Cardiff will be a test but we go there in good spirits.”

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