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PATRICK SCHMIDT PRE-CARDIFF CITY

2 November 2020

Reds striker Patrick Schmidt spoke with the press ahead of Tuesday night's trip to the Welsh capital to take on Cardiff City.

Having made his first league start of the 20/21 campaign, and just his third since joining the Reds in Saturday's victory over Watford, the young Austrian says that the mood in camp is very high. 

Losing just once in October, the Reds have arrested the poor run that saw them struggle in the opening weeks of the season, and are now excited to see how far they can go in the coming games.

"We've played well the last couple of games." Patrick started.

"We are five games unbeaten now, we are improving all the time. But we have to keep working hard to get more good results.

"Watford are the favourites to win the league but we limited them to very little so we take confidence from our performance."

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ISMAËL PRE-CARDIFF

2 November 2020

With a new Head Coach, often comes a lot of change. 

But that hasn't been the case for Barnsley and Valérien Ismaël, with the new boss only slightly altering the system, with little tweaks here and there.

Schmidt reckons it's been a seamless transition for both parties.

He explained, saying: "It's very important that the front three work very tight, very close together. But then there are triggers we have to recognise, so that we know what each player will do next.

"I think I can play in this system because I've played wider when I was in Austria. I can move within the three positions. But of course, I still have lots to work on. But a run in the team is important for me.

"The new gaffer has fitted in well with us, he suits the club philosophy and we are very happy that he's joined us, and our start for him has been a good one."

The Reds face a much-fancied Bluebirds outfit on Tuesday evening. But go into the clash ahead of their expensively assembled opponents' side. 

Both clubs sit on 10 points so far, and whilst Patrick admits that it will be another tough game for Barnsley, he feels there are areas where the Reds can have success if they're to make it three wins from three.

"Second balls will be very important for us tomorrow." Admitted Schmidt.

"Cardiff are very direct and play a lot of long balls. We know it will be a big challenge, a big fight in Wales for us.

"But we have a plan, we believe we can exploit their weaknesses, and we will go into the game hoping to extend our good run of form."


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