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Gerhard Struber ahead of Millwall clash

26 June 2020

The Reds' boss was in a clear frame of mind when speaking with the press via Zoom ahead of Saturday's visit of Millwall in Sky Bet Championship action.

It's been a long time coming, but Barnsley finally return to base this weekend. It's the second game of this 'mini-season' as the Lions make the long trip north to take on Struber's in-form Reds outfit. 

Barnsley's comfortable victory in London last weekend against QPR breathed new life into the club's fight for survival. 

Head Coach, Struber was understandably in good form himself when the invited journalists attended the pre-match press conference via Zoom. 

"We're in a good place right now." Struber began.

"My boys are feeling good, everyone is working together, side by side and we are one step closer to achieving our goal. 

"But last weekend has gone. We can't get anything extra from that, the game is in the past and means nothing more to us. We quickly moved on to planning for this massive opponent in Millwall. 

"This is a real challenge for us, and my players know what is needed - we need to win."

Gerhard was naturally asked about the futures of a number of players who were listed on the Club's retained list in midweek as leaving the club before the season's end. 

Midfielder Kenny Dougall and goalkeeper Sami Radlinger join Dani Pinillos and Mama Thiam in exiting Oakwell on June 30. 

"Sami Radlinger and Kenny Dougall showed me they had skills and were very helpful for the team and had a good style of football. But right now, it is clear that the gap between my game idea and the DNA of these good players is too big to go together in the future.

"I was honest with them about next season.

"The situation right now is clear for me and the boys and they decided that they do not play until the last game.

"It is not easy, but it is okay and I understand the reaction and decision. But for us, we are ready with many players in a good shape and many players with the right attitude.

"Our concentration and focus is more on the game on Saturday and not so much what the future is of Sami and Dougall."

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One of those in attendance during the press conference suggested that the Reds under Struber wouldn't be in relegation trouble if only games under his stewardship counted, with the reporter pointing to a position of 17th in the table were that the case.

"17th? Are you sure about that? 

"I have seen the table and we would be 13th." Gerhard responded, laughing.

"We have lots to do, we all know that. But we are as one, I'm confident that Barnsley is now a hard opponent to play against. We have planned for Millwall and we want them to have a very bad feeling about playing Barnsley."

As the first Oakwell fixture without supporters in attendance, Struber was asked if that would be a disadvantage or not.

The boss believes he's prepared his side for the unique nature of an empty home stadium and called for Reds fans to have faith in their side in doing what's necessary to get a result.

"It's good that when we name the side that our supporters they trust our decisions. 

"We all want the same things, we work together for a common goal. 

"I have a good feeling for the few weeks ahead of us, and I hope our fans can be behind us and have that faith in the players, belief in their team."


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