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Elliot Simoes reacts to late point at Luton

8 July 2020

After making an impact as a second half substitute in the 1-1 draw at Luton Town on Tuesday, Elliot Simoes says Barnsley were unfortunate not to leave Kenilworth Road with all three points.

The young forward was introduced for Mike Bähre just before the hour mark and went onto play a key role in the equaliser, seeing his goal bound effort ricochet into the path of Aapo Halme.

“Everyone is disappointed because we felt like we dominated the whole game; we felt like we deserved way more than a draw,” insisted Simoes. “Especially in the second half, we had a lot of chances but couldn’t take them.

“We just needed a bit of luck. But there’s still four finals to go; we’ll keep fighting every single game because everyone believes that we’ll stay up.”

Having fallen behind to Luke Berry’s early goal, it looked as though it was going to be one of those games for the Reds, who came up against Simon Sluga in fine form.

The Hatters’ stopper was on hand to deny Jacob Brown and Cauley Woodrow with magnificent saves before the interval, and Barnsley were also left cursing their luck when Patrick Schmidt flashed a header narrowly wide shortly after Halme’s leveller.

With time ticking away, both the Finn and Brown were agonisingly close to converting Callum Styles’ driven low cross but, despite not being able to find a winner, Simoes feels everyone is in good spirits following the result.

“It was a good feeling,” asserted the 20-year-old. “I believe that we all thought we could get the winner – we deserved it. Once Aapo scored, everyone was just fighting for that goal. We were on top of them in everything. We had a lot of chances, but just didn’t take them.”

You can watch Elliot's post-match interview on iFollow Barnsley.

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