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5 December 2020

Speaking after our defeat against Bournemouth on Friday evening, Valérien Ismaël says it is important that his team learn from the mistakes made.

Statistically, there wasn’t a lot separating the two sides on a blustery evening at Oakwell, but the Cherries were ruthless and clinical when it counted, putting Barnsley to the sword with two goals in each half.

“I think it was a bad evening for us,” began Ismaël. “We made too many mistakes and, at this level, Bournemouth is a top team and punished us – that was the most frustrating thing. It’s also a part of the game in our development this season and we have to analyse the game but not be over-critical because we know why we lost.

“I think we have to recover, first, we have a short break between the games and have to show another face on Wednesday against Wycombe. We are disappointed to lose like this and, when you make too many mistakes, it’s very difficult.”

It certainly wasn’t for a lack of trying from the Reds, who looked more likely to take the lead prior to Philip Billing’s opener.

Alex Mowatt, Callum Brittain and Mads Andersen all came close in the first half, while Cauley Woodrow and Luke Thomas took aim after the interval on one of those evenings in South Yorkshire.

“We had to keep going and create a lot of situations; if you stay in the game and avoid the mistakes you can play better,” continued our Head Coach.

“We tried to keep going and be focused on the principles what we want to see and this is our way, but we have to accept that, in the Championship, you can win three or four times in a row and you can lose as well.

“That’s why, one by one, we stay focused and go again on Wednesday.”

You can watch Valérien’s post-match interview on iFollow Barnsley.

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