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Alex Mowatt on defeat against Cardiff City

8 March 2020

The post-match thoughts of the Reds' captain after defeat against the Bluebirds.

Alex Mowatt reflected on Barnsley’s most recent defeat to Cardiff City and says the performance was simply ‘not good enough’ to take the points.

The Reds succumbed to a 2-0 loss at the hands of the Bluebirds on Saturday afternoon, as two sucker punch goals from Will Vaulks and Calum Paterson in the space of a minute put the game to bed midway through the second half.

Mowatt summed up his thoughts post-match and said: “Our second half performance wasn’t good enough at all.

“In the first half, we stuck to the game plan, but we knew it was going to be scrappy. They played long ball football because they’ve got big, strong lads. In the first half, I thought we were good, but the second half felt like a totally different game.”

The captain admitted the Reds looked promising for much of the first half but failed to go back to basics in the second, contributing to the defeat at Oakwell.

He went on to say: “It was down the basics. In the first half, we won all of the second balls and all of the headers and started playing in their half of the pitch. However, in the second period, they won everything and pinned us in. The first goal was a scrappy goal to concede and for the second, we just weren’t good enough.

“Everyone is annoyed because the performance wasn’t there. People were feeling sorry for themselves in the game and we can’t be doing that with nine left to play. We have to fight for every minute and try to put some wins together.”

The 25-year-old, however, did remain upbeat looking ahead to the end of the season and insists Barnsley just need to keep believing in themselves and the points will follow.

He added: “We have to believe until the last game. We’ve shown that we can go on a run. We’ve recently won three games on the bounce, so we need to get back to that sort of form."

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