Speaking after our agonising Yorkshire Derby defeat at Leeds United on Thursday, Gerhard Struber praised the way his players approached the game against a team pushing hard for promotion.
The Reds were undoubtedly the better team at Elland Road but were again left wondering ‘what if’ following Michael Sollbauer’s unfortunate own goal and a series of missed opportunities either side of the break.
“It’s difficult to find the right words at the moment; it’s a frustrating situation,” began Struber. “I think, especially the last few games, we play on our absolute limit – especially against the ball today – we had the game under control except for one counter. But our big issue at the moment is to use top chances and taking responsibility for the goal.
“We played so well against this massive opponent and we could not make everyone happy. This is very frustrating for me.”
Jacob Brown, Mads Andersen, Luke Thomas, Conor Chaplin, Callum Styles and Cauley Woodrow all come close for Barnsley, who swarmed over their hosts in search of an elusive equaliser.
That goal never came and Struber insists that his side need a spark or a catalyst to reignite their survival hopes, particularly heading into Sunday’s clash with Nottingham Forest.
“Sometimes we need a kick-off,” continued the Reds’ Head Coach. “It’s always a big question when you don’t have the right balance to score goals, but you have to work hard for this moment to score a goal and, at the moment, we have no time to wait – we have to score goals and the next big opponent is waiting for us.
“If we play in the same style, we can create chances, but it’s the responsibility for my offensive players.”
You can watch Gerhard's post-match interview on iFollow Barnsley.