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VALÉRIEN ISMAËL PRE-BIRMINGHAM CITY

30 November 2020

Head Coach, Valérien Ismaël believes his side will be looking to react in Tuesday night's clash with Birmingham City at St. Andrew's.

After back-to-back defeats, Valérien Ismaël reckons his side is ready to get back on the winning trail when we return to action on Tuesday evening in the second city.

The boss gave an update on the fitness of a couple of players who've been missing through injury recently, whilst also admitting that his squad is heavy in certain areas and less so in others.

But before that can be addressed, there are eight games to negotiate in the Sky Bet Championship, starting tomorrow night at Birmingham City.

The gaffer told us: "Jordan Williams will still be out for the match at Birmingham City tomorrow, but Aapo Halme should be back, if he gets through training today. 

"My job is to take the right decisions, when it comes to giving opportunities. All of the players are working hard to get their chance.

"In some positions we have many players, in others we don't have that same balance. That's something we will assess and try and sort out in the January window."

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SOLLBAUER PRE-BIRMINGHAM

30 November 2020

Barnsley were harshly seen off at Ewood Park on Saturday, losing 2-1 to Blackburn Rovers despite dominating the game for large spells.

That lack of a cutting edge reared its ugly head once more for the Reds, as the hosts - who created very little - punished Ismaël's men ruthlessly.

"The Championship is a very special league, we have to be focused constantly. We have to be at 100% every game.

"But we need that killer mentality. We have to take our chances. 

"We have a very good consistency in our performance, our levels are very strong. But we need the results, the rewards.

"In critical areas, both boxes, defence and offence, we have to be clinical. Our mistakes were punished on Saturday, but we didn't punish Blackburn. 

"We will work hard to improve this. Performances are good, but parallel to that we need points, results."

So it's a midweek trip to Blues for a second successive season, but the Reds will be hoping for a better result on this occasion.

Sitting on the same number of points at this stage, it's the sort of game that Barnsley could do with getting something from.

But Valérien knows it'll be another test for his side.

"It will be a tough game," he explained. "They're very strong at set-pieces and have strong strikers.

"But we are ready, we have prepared well.

"It's about being strong, winning our duels and making sure we get our rewards this time around."


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