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GERHARD STRUBER POST-CHELSEA

24 September 2020

Gerhard Struber spoke of his side 'learning lessons' in last night's Carabao Cup defeat against Chelsea.

The Reds were knocked out in the third round of this season's Carabao Cup on Wednesday night, emphatically beaten by Premier League giants Chelsea at an empty Stamford Bridge.

Struber's side had started the game brightly and could arguably have been ahead inside a positive 20-minute spell, but costly mistakes were punished and an inability to take their own chances saw the Reds eventually brushed aside by the Londoners.

"There were many learnings for us tonight." Struber told us post-match.

"When we look back at this game, particularly the first half, there were many good situations for us. The pressing was good, we had a great intensity and aggression in our style, but again we fail to use our best chances and after that, we just help Chelsea with our mistakes.

"It was very easy for the opposition to take their chances.

"The mistakes were unnecessary and there was absolutely no pressure. But this is the situation and we must take these lessons into the next games."

The Austrian lamented those unforced errors and again called for his players to be more ruthless when creating their own opportunities. 

Barnsley had nine shots on target. Indeed, the nine saves by Chelsea 'keeper Willy Caballero were the most a Blues goalkeeper had been forced to make in a competitive fixture since 2014. 

"We need a good output, we have to benefit from our work." Explained Gerhard.

"Against such a massive opponent, if you are creating chances then you're working well in the match plan. But then you must use these chances.

"If we take one, if we score the goal then it's a different outlook. But instead we give them their goal and then the momentum changes and the mentality goes down again."

The Reds welcome Coventry City to Oakwell in just two days time in Championship action, and with two defeats from two in the league season so far, it is to be hoped that Barnsley can somehow find a cure for their issues in front of goal.

"It's back to our daily business now. This was a bonus game. We must take what we learn into our future. 

"We must now prepare, every single player has to get themselves ready for another big game on Saturday."


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