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Murray: "I back us against anyone."

Caretaker Head Coach believes Reds are improving

31 October 2019

Adam Murray is pleased with the improvements that Barnsley have made over the past couple of weeks.

The Reds put in some fine displays against Swansea City and West Bromwich Albion before coming unstuck at Huddersfield Town last weekend.

However, Murray remains positive and is encouraged by what he has seen from his side heading into Friday night’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Bristol City.

“From a structural point of view, from the last three games, we’ve looked a lot more solid, we look like we’re going to score more goals and we’re creating more chances,” insisted the 37-year-old. “What we’re all finding at this level is, that in League One you can make an error and get away with it – in the Championship you can’t, but we’re growing.”

As well as providing a timely morale-booster, victory for Barnsley would see them close the gap to Reading to just a point ahead of their clash with Millwall on Saturday.

Murray is confident that the Reds are capable of picking up three points against City, providing they perform to their potential at Oakwell.

“We’re not going to go from not winning a game of football in a lot of games to, overnight, consistently winning football matches,” he continued. “What we have done is improved the performances, we’ve got everyone on the same page and look like we can compete in every game now.

“I think the Huddersfield game came too quick, with it being three games in a week and the effort the boys put in on the Tuesday night – we didn’t have that vibe about us. But I’ve got full belief in these players and I think if we perform how we did in the two previous games then we won’t have a problem.”

The Robins travel to South Yorkshire sitting sixth in the table, knowing that a win will see them draw level on points with leaders West Brom.

However, the Reds’ caretaker Head Coach maintains that it will not be an easy task for Lee Johnson’s side and that Barnsley are fully prepared for the task at hand.

“If they win, they go joint top,” said Murray. “It’s another cliché, but this is the Championship; we’ve played top and we’ve played bottom and every team is a real challenge for us.

“On our day, especially at home, I back us against anyone and we’ll focus on ourselves. We’ll make sure that we’re right – they’ve got certain strengths and weaknesses, and it’s up to us to exploit them.”

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


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