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Gerhard Struber on victory at The Den

Post-match thoughts of the Reds boss

22 December 2019

Gerhard Struber was a happy man at full-time when speaking to the press following victory over an in-form Millwall outfit.

After seeing his side pick up their first away success of the 2019/20 season, Gerhard Struber was in good form himself and smiling when he spoke about a game that saw them become only the second side to leave Millwall with all three points.

"For us it's a very, very important victory," said the Reds' Head Coach following his side's last-gasp win in the capital on Saturday afternoon.

"It's good for our soul, for our mind and for our self-confidence. This is very important as we look to progress, we must take this into our next games."

Barnsley were low-key in the first half but the 40th minute Conor Chaplin strike breathed life into their performance.

After the break, the Reds were dominant and controlled most of the proceedings.

"We created a very good second half." stated the Austrian. "In the first half we had some problems on the ball, our positioning was not clear and we gave away simple balls. We were not at our best, nervous on the ball at times.

"But on the counter-attack we are always very efficient and this is a big strength. We are always a threat.

"In the second half we had more control of the ball and that was the key – the opponents had no control of the game.

"After the equaliser, we had the mentality to win and this is a special moment for me, for my team and the whole club."

Struber continued to speak about his players in glowing fashion.

Barnsley are still in the relegation mire but the former Wolfsberger coach believes he's got the necessary talent at his disposal to pull out and away from trouble, with the visit of league leaders, West Brom next up at Oakwell this Boxing Day.

"There was a good spirit and this match can only help further this. The players, they show a mentality that isn't telling of where they are.

"We didn't play like a relegation-threatened team, we played very well, and I hope we can follow that up on Boxing Day – but for now, we'll have a merry Christmas!"

Conor Chaplin's clever finish from Jacob Brown's inviting cross which dropped over the hosts' 'keeper Bartosz Bialkowski and into the far corner of the Millwall net to give the Reds the lead was his seventh goal in the last seven games.

The Barnsley boss was satisfied with his red-hot forward and the talent available to him.

Struber added: "He [Chaplin] is in top form, we're very happy we have Conor, we have so many good players in our club, big talents in my team.

"Now we also have very good spirit and teamwork. This is the main thing to win games – the teamwork, character and discipline."


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