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POYA ASBAGHI POST-PETERBOROUGH

28 November 2021

Following our 0-0 draw with Peterborough United on Saturday afternoon, Poya Asbaghi believes there are positive signs to build upon as he continues to implement his identity.

Our new Head Coach has had little time to prepare since arriving from Sweden, but left the Weston Homes Stadium feeling optimistic about what he has seen from the Reds so far.

“I’m disappointed because we didn’t win,” began Asbaghi. “I think all of us had the ambition to come here and win. We had good preparation, so we felt good in that part. So, that’s the disappointing part.

“What we can bring with us the point, of course, and keeping a clean sheet. Let’s see how much this point is worth, but it’s up to us to make sure at the end of the season we made this point worth something.

“Keeping the clean sheet can be important. We’ve played two games and kept a clean sheet in three out of four halves, so this is where we need to start from.

“But if we look at the game, we need to improve our offence even more. At least we have something to build on, now, but looking at some counter-attacking situations and how we build the game, we can improve on that a lot.”

With a full week until our next assignment at home to Huddersfield Town, Asbaghi will have a prolonged period of time on the training ground to get his message across.

While he may not be able to iron out all of the creases entirely ahead of our clash with the Terriers, the Swede is hopeful that his side can learn more about his philosophy in the coming days.

“Obviously, this week has been coming into this with three games, so you cannot talk too much about your identity because you have to talk about the opponents and make sure you have a game plan,” continued Asbaghi.

“Of course, we manage to do some things. As you can see, what we’ve put more effort on is our defence coming in, now hopefully we can put even more focus on how to develop our offence, which we feel we can improve.”

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


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