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ALEX MOWATT ON DEFEAT AT READING

20 September 2020

Barnsley captain, Alex Mowatt shared the frustration of his Head Coach when he spoke to us post-match.

The Reds were beaten 2-0 at the Madejski Stadium by Reading on Saturday.

Reduced to nine men in a contest they'd dominated prior to those dismissals, the skipper admitted it became a real mountain to climb from there on.

"Very frustrating." Mowatt began.

"Going down to nine men, it was never going to be an easy game from there for us. 

"But I still thought we played quite well. We limited their chances even with less men on the pitch but then they've scored from two set-pieces which just adds to the whole disappointment really."

Barnsley were in complete control in Berkshire, with Reading not even entering the Reds' third until the 44th minute of the match.

But failings on various levels killed the Reds' game, and it became an insurmountable task for Gerhard Struber's side.

"We were well on top in the game, and they've hit one long ball over the top and it's ended up changing the game.

"They didn't trouble us at all until the red card. 

"Even with a man or two light, we still did alright but then we had nothing up front really so it was always going to be difficult."

Failing to clear their lines from two corner kicks cost Barnsley, but Alex believes the Reds need to start being clinical themselves too, if they're to get their Sky Bet Championship season up and running.

He explained: "It came from our own chance in their box, and we should be scoring there.

"We need to start taking our chances and we have to get smarter defending set-pieces.

"It's disappointing to lose gain, and in the manner we did, because again I think we were the better side and we're leaving here pointless."


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