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5 December 2021



5 December 2021

Following our 1-1 draw with Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon, Poya Asbaghi declared himself pleased with the improvements that Barnsley have made since he took charge a fortnight ago.

The Reds look much more assured in possession and have a solid defensive structure, which was complemented by an attacking intent that has evaded us in recent weeks.

“In the way we played, I saw a lot of developments,” began our Head Coach. “Of course, we want to win, especially when you play at home. In terms of how we played, we made a lot of improvements. 

“The last game was a game where we defended well and kept a clean sheet and didn’t concede too many chances, but we were not happy with our offence – we knew that we had a lot of work to do. 

“We put a lot of effort in that this week and, looking at the outcome of that, especially in the first half, we looked like a much-improved team; we did a lot of things good, we created a lot of chances, we pushed Huddersfield down and mixed the game in a good way.

“Coming into half-time, we thought we were the better team.”

Heads could have dropped when Lewis O’Brien put the Terriers ahead against the run of play just after the half hour mark, but the Reds regrouped and found an equaliser through Carlton Morris shortly before the interval.

It was no less than our play merited, and Asbaghi praised his side for the character they showed to fight their way back into the encounter and claim a deserved point.

“Not only did we equalise at the end of the first half, even directly after we conceded a goal it didn’t take long until we created chances,” he continued.

“When you’re 1-0 down and you don’t know what to do, then you can start looking at each other and put the responsibility on someone else. But I saw a collective that felt they had played good until 1-0 and knew that if they kept doing and knew what to do that that’s the way into the game.

“I didn’t see only one or two players wanting that responsibility; I saw lots of players wanting to keep doing what they had done and then you get what you want in the end.

“It wasn’t a 2-1 goal, but at least it was an equaliser.”

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

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