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22 October 2020

Speaking after our 2-2 draw with Stoke City on Wednesday evening, Adam Murray admits there was a sense of frustration as Barnsley failed to claim all three points.

The Reds led twice in the Potteries and even had a man advantage for the last half an hour, but couldn’t make their numerical superiority count as chances went begging in the closing stages.

However, there were plenty of encouraging aspects to take away from the display as Barnsley showed yet again that they are capable of going toe-to-toe with the Sky Bet Championship’s top sides.

“I think, overall, it’s a very good performance again,” began the Reds’ interim Head Coach. “We have unbelievable frustration that we’ve not come away with a win; I think if you come to a place like Stoke in the Championship and score two goals away from home, you expect to be winning the game.”

Goals from Elliot Simoes and Dominik Frieser, his first for the club, were cancelled out by Tyrese Campbell and Tom Smith as the pendulum swung back and forth.

The dismissal of Nathan Collins on the hour mark looked to have given Barnsley the push they needed to claim a first win of the campaign, but despite being unable to capitalise, in the end, it could be an important point when the season draws to a close in May.

“It’s normal with the position that we’re in at the moment; we’re creating a lot of very good opportunities,” continued Murray.

“We’ve spoke to the boys a lot over the last few weeks about getting into certain areas and into what we call the ‘assist zones’ to create better chances, and we did that tonight but we’re missing that ruthlessness and killer touch.

“I think that, when we did get into those areas, we were just waiting for the net to move. Unfortunately it didn’t.”

You can watch Adam’s post-match interview on iFollow Barnsley.

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