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Bähre: "It was good to get out there again."

Midfielder reacts to Toulon victory

10 July 2019

After a starring role in the Reds' latest pre-season run-out in Toulon on Tuesday evening, Mike Bähre spoke to iFollow Barnsley.

With the German grabbing the goal of the game, finishing off a terrific team-move in the first half, he admitted that whilst it's always good to get a positive result, that these games are more about fitness ahead of the real stuff that's less than a month away now.

He told us: "It was my first game of pre-season, I missed last week so it was good to get out there. And of course it's always nice to get an assist or a goal too. 

"I don't think it was our best game, but it was game-time, and a win is a win. 

"We've been here in these very high temperatures, hard training, so I think this was a good work-out for us.

"In pre-season it's not as much about the result, it's about playing better. I don't think we brought what we've been working on in training into the match as well as we can, but it's early days, we'll get there.

"We have three-and-a-half weeks until the season kicks off so we've time to get sharpened up."

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This was his first appearance in a Reds shirt since his loan spell with the club was made permanent earlier in the summer, joining from Hannover 96 after a fruitful first season in English football, helping Barnsley back into the Sky Bet Championship at the first time of asking.

"I didn't even realise that!" He remarked, regards his first 'proper' game.

"Last season I felt like a proper Barnsley player anyway. I was involved a lot and I feel I made a big impact in the team.

"I'm one of the oldest in the team which is unbelievable really so I think I offer some experience and knowledge of what the Gaffer wants.

"We've new faces, we lost some important players also. But we've a very young and hungry group here and so people like me can help the new, younger players, give them advice and help them settle in as quick as possible."

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Barnsley have smashed in nine goals during the opening two pre-season friendly fixtures, continuing their attacking ethos that won them so many admirers throughout last season.

Mike explained that it's to be expected, with Daniel Stendel as Head Coach.

"That's what we all play the game for, to score goals. The Gaffer loves attacking football, he wants to see us getting at every team and trying to win at all costs. 

"So we've scored nine goals in these first two matches, so that's good. We could have played much better but like I say, it's very early in the training and we've a long way to go yet."

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