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29 August 2021



29 August 2021

Following our 1-1 draw with Birmingham City on Saturday afternoon, Markus Schopp says he is pleased with the development of his players as they continue to adapt to his philosophy.

The Reds battled hard against a very physical visiting side, who arrived at Oakwell full of confidence following their 5-0 victory at Luton Town last weekend, and dug deep to claim a share of the spoils.

“At the end, we have one point more,” began Schopp. “When you saw the game in the second half, it’s a good point for us, to be honest. I think it was so important to see how we can compete and what solution we can find to play against teams like Birmingham.

“They are a really tough and good team to play against, they are very direct and, to find good solutions, it’s important that we know what we have to do against teams like this.

“For the lads, it’s an important process that we’re going through. Some young guys, I think, are developing great, so it’s good to have one point more.”

Barnsley took the lead when Callum Styles crashed a ferocious strike into the top corner from 20-yards with just seven minutes on the clock.

It was a tremendous goal from our 21-year-old midfielder, who has made a habit of that over the past 12 months, and Schopp praised his team for the way they created the opening.

“It’s good for Stylesy because he’s a player who is investing so much and, when he gets in the right position, he has the quality to finish and I’m glad for him that he scored,” continued our Head Coach.

“But it’s much more the way that we created this chance, much more the way we found the way to their box and, obviously, when we struggled in the last weeks not to be clinical in the last third.

“With this decision, we were really focused and clear, so I’m glad for him and us.”

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

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