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11 August 2021

Speaking after our penalty shootout defeat to Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday evening, Markus Schopp says he wants Barnsley to be more clinical in front of goal.

The Reds’ Head Coach insists it is an area that the squad will be working on in the coming days and weeks as he looks for his side to be ruthless in the final third.

“It’s the worst way to go out of the cup, with the last penalty,” began Schopp. “In the first 45 minutes, we were going in the right direction, but we were still suffering with the chances we have – we don’t get out what we invest in our moments in the box.

“If we go 1-0 up, it changes the whole game. It is not that way, so we have to improve and we have to work on that, and it’s important for me to see a couple of guys in competition because it’s important for us to get a bigger picture and more ideas about how we can interpret certain situations.”

Up next for Barnsley is a clash with Coventry City at Oakwell this weekend in the Sky Bet Championship as we aim to build on our impressive point against Cardiff City in the season opener.

Schopp believes it is not about getting a reaction from our Carabao Cup exit, but rather putting on a worthy performance for the Reds’ faithful.

“Everyone did everything in the 90 minutes and we know how it goes with penalties,” he continued. “It’s much more about recovering the guys for this very important game.

“It’s our first home game with a crowd in the stadium and we will be so sharp that everyone in the stadium will be pleased about how we show up. So, it’s recovery and preparation for the next game.”

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

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