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21 March 2021



21 March 2021

Following our 2-1 defeat against Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday afternoon, Alex Mowatt bemoaned costly errors and insisted the Reds should have taken something from the South Yorkshire derby.

Barnsley had more opportunities over the course of the game – particularly in the opening 20 minutes – but were unable to salvage a point despite a late rally at Oakwell.

“I didn’t think there was anything in the game, really,” asserted Mowatt. “I thought it should have been a draw. We made some mistakes in the game and it cost us. 

“I think we had two strong penalty shouts in the game as well, so I think it’s different if we score or get a penalty.”

Trailing to Jordan Rhodes’ first half header, the Reds came out with renewed vigour after the restart as Valérien Ismaël opted to make his famed triple substitution.

But within eight minutes, Rhodes had notched his second, leaving Barnsley with a mountain to climb in order to claim a share of the spoils.

“We said to go out and be on the front foot, win corners, free-kicks and throw-ins and stay on the front foot,”continued Mowatt. “To concede killed us a bit.

“Obviously, you’re chasing two goals then just to get a draw, so it’s tough. I thought we deserved a draw out of the game, it just wasn’t to be.”

Despite suffering a first league defeat since mid-January, Barnsley remain fifth in the Sky Bet Championship table having embarked on a remarkable run of form over the past couple of weeks.

Mowatt is confident that this is just a minor bump in the road and is eager to hit the ground running once the team return to action after the international break.

“There’s definitely no reason to panic,” insisted the skipper. “We’ve been on an unbelievable run, obviously that’s come to an end in a derby, which is disappointing, but we go again.”

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

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