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15 August 2021

Following our 1-0 victory over Coventry City on Saturday afternoon, Markus Schopp praised his side’s resilience to hold onto the three points.

The Reds faced a late onslaught and were indebted to Brad Collins, who kept out Viktor Gyökeres’ injury time penalty to preserve our lead.

“Character, attitude; it’s amazing,” lauded Schopp, speaking to iFollow Barnsley. “That was the reason why we took these three points, but we have to improve. At the end, we have three points more, but we know what we can do better and where we have to improve.

“It’s important to have a ‘keeper who can save a penalty, especially in a moment like this a couple of minutes from the end. I’m happy for him, too, but it was about how the team fought until the end to keep these three points. 

“It’s so important for young players to get to the next level and it’s easier with three points in the bag.”

The game’s solitary goal came six minutes before the interval and it was a lovely bit of play from Barnsley as Romal Palmer found Dominik Frieser with a delightful through ball.

Our Austrian forward raced clear to slot into the bottom corner, sending the Oakwell faithful into raptures – a release of energy and noise we hadn’t heard in such a long time.

“It was really important,” insisted Schopp. “It was exactly what we needed – we needed this run from deep and he is the player that can give us this. How he finished, this is Dominik, and I’m happy for him but even more happy for the team.

“Playing at home with the crowd on your back is something different and I’m so glad we gave them something with three points. It was a good start but, again, we can do better.”

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