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30 October 2021



30 October 2021

The Head Coach gave us his verdict after seeing his side fall to a seventh defeat in a row, at Ashton Gate today.

Markus Schopp felt his side were hard done by today at Ashton Gate, as he saw the Reds defeated in a game they dominated for large spells.

After taking a lead through Aaron Leya Iseka, the Reds looked in command of the fixture until the wheels came off just before half-time. And despite laying seige to the Robins' goal in the second half, Barnsley couldn't find a deserved equaliser.

"I think we lost as the better team." Schopp told us.

"But nobody cares about that, because we lost and so it's really, really disappointing. 

"We created so many chances across the 90 minutes and the lads deserved so much more than this defeat."

The Reds created multiple opportunities, hit the woodwork, had a couple of penalty claims waved away and forced home 'keeper Dan Bentley into action numerous times.

Schopp feels that such a performance, if repeated again, will garner better joy in the future than it did in here in the South West.

"I saw a team today that did everything, they gave us everything, to turn us in the right direction, and so I think we can take a lot out of this game.

"We were punished in a five minute spell, which is just the way things are going for us right now, but the way we played today will definitely earn us a lot more in future, than we've ended up with today."

A welcome return to fitness for Mads Andersen is another positive from today's game, as was the second half performance of Josh Benson.

Markus suggests that as the squad becomes stronger, that in time, things will only get better for the Reds in what has been a tough season thus far for all concerned.

"It was very important to have these players back available. We all know how good Mads is, and he will be vital for us. To have Josh back on the pitch, he brings something different and he improves us in terms of set-pieces too. 

"I was pleased to see Aaron score again, he's developing all of the time, and when everything comes together, he's going to be a very special player for us."

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