Following our tremendous 3-0 victory over Fulham on Saturday, Gerhard Struber eulogised his team and insisted it is a result that will give the Reds confidence going forward.
A Cauley Woodrow double either side of Jacob Brown’s deft finish gave Barnsley a more-than deserved win at Craven Cottage and puts us within six points of safety.
“We went into the game with a good energy together,” said Struber. “This is a very, very important victory in the end for us and the gap is six points – we believe in us, we never give up and we hope that we can reproduce in the next weeks the same energy and kick-off.
“We had many talks with the players in the last few days and I hope I can give my boys the feeling that we have the chance to stay in the league. We had control and never game the opponent space and time, and this was our mission and, in the end, the victory was clear; we always had control and this was the kick-off.”
After their goalscoring exploits, Woodrow and Brown were, naturally, singled out for special praise by the local and national press at full-time.
However, it wasn’t just their ruthlessness in the final third that delighted Struber, but their overall work ethic and link-up play that the Reds’ Head Coach valued most.
“I think it’s a big day for Cauley,” continued the Austrian. “He came back to Fulham and it’s his first time playing against them in Fulham. He had a good concentration and a good focus on our game style and he was unbelievable on the ball and also worked very hard with the boys against the ball.
“I think our second was a very important goal in this moment in the game. Against the ball, Jacob is a machine – he works so hard; he never gives up. He’s a role model in my team, especially with his attitude and he’s a big professional. He’s going in the right direction and I’m very happy with him.”
You can watch Gerhard’s post-match reaction on iFollow Barnsley.