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Gerhard Struber gives his verdict on Luton draw

8 July 2020

Following our 1-1 draw with Luton Town on Tuesday evening, Gerhard Struber praised his side’s attitude and work ethic, insisting that Barnsley will continue to fight for every point this season.

The Reds left it late to snatch a more than deserved share of the spoils at Kenilworth Road, with Aapo Halme prodding home six minutes from time to cancel out Luke Berry’s first half opener.

“I believe in my team and I think we created a very good game,” began Struber. “The only problem is that we didn’t score more goals; this is the situation. We deserved the victory today; we had so many more chances.

“In the first half, we had three or four top chances and we didn’t use them and it’s painful, but it’s not frustrating. We delivered a big fight, this was our big goal and, in the end, one point in our situation is not so helpful – we need more points. We look forward; we need to fight until the last and I think this is our responsibility.”

After falling behind early on, Barnsley proceeded to bombard the Hatters’ goal for large parts of the encounter, coming close through Jacob Brown, Conor Chaplin and Cauley Woodrow.

It is a response that pleased Struber, and he is hopeful that the Reds can produce similar displays in the remaining four fixtures.

“The reaction after the goal from Luton was in the right direction and the boys showed me a good attitude,” continued our Head Coach. “They never gave up and I could see that they were in the fighting mood, and this is what we need in the next games.

“It’s a difficult situation right now, we know that, but the performance, especially when we remember our last game against Stoke, was a completely other face from my team.”

The all-important equaliser eventually arrived from an unlikely source, with Halme deployed as an emergency striker in the dying embers.

Having been on the pitch a matter of moments, the Finnish defender reacted quickest to a loose ball in the area to convert from close range.

“It was a special situation that I bring Aapo on as a centre forward; it was a magic moment for him,” said Struber. “It was important that we scored; we are happy with the point in the end but, when I see the whole game, we deserved three points. The only problem is that we didn’t score more goals.”

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

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