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7 November 2021

Speaking after our 2-0 defeat against Hull City on Saturday afternoon, Jo Laumann believes Barnsley missed a big opportunity to make a statement of intent in the battle at the foot of the Sky Bet Championship.

A below par Reds side were undone by goals in either half from George Honeyman and Keane Lewis-Potter as the visitors left Oakwell with all three points.

It could have been an even heavier margin of victory for the Tigers, who saw Ryan Longman strike the post while Greg Docherty and Richie Smallwood were both denied by excellent Brad Collins saves.

“For sure, we’re disappointed after losing a game where we could have made a big step forward,” said our interim head coach. “I think we had a good start; the first 15 minutes were good and we landed on every second ball, we played some decent football – it just lacked a couple of decisive moments to take the right decision.

“We lacked the running in behind, but in the second half we had some good bits, again not decisive enough in the last third. In the second half after 15 minutes, we lost momentum and couldn’t fight back.”

The Reds certainly couldn’t be questioned for their effort, however, it was just the application as chances came and went during another frustrating encounter and a case of what could have been.

Devante Cole, Callum Brittain, Liam Kitching and Callum Styles all had decent chances to find the back of the net, but were unable to convert as we slumped to an eighth defeat in nine outings.

“It’s a lot to do with confidence,” admitted Laumann. “We had some players with confidence who scored in the last games, but we just didn’t find the key.”

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

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