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21 October 2021

Following our 2-0 defeat at Middlesbrough on Wednesday evening, Markus Schopp stressed the importance of taking chances.

The Reds passed up a number of glorious opportunities on Teesside before eventually being punished by Neil Warnock’s side, who showed their clinical edge in front of goal when it mattered.

“It’s a disappointing situation; not to win makes everything really hard,” began Schopp. “I think we started well and created two big chances – it would be important in our situation that we go up with one goal. 

“Then, after 20 minutes when they scored, we started to lose our organisation because, in certain positions, we were really young. For me, what we did in the second half was much better – we created, but we didn’t finish and this is something that has troubled us the whole season. 

“On the other hand, the spaces were getting bigger for them with their 1-0 lead and they created chances, but I always had the feeling that we could come back. In the end, two set-pieces made the difference and this is the situation.”

Up next for Barnsley is a South Yorkshire derby with Sheffield United on Sunday afternoon as we aim to put our poor run of form behind us.

The visitors travel to Oakwell on the back of a defeat at home to Millwall on Tuesday, and Schopp believes victory this weekend will help to boost morale in the camp.

“A derby is always something special,” said our Head Coach. “You want to win every game, but especially a game like Sunday and the situation we are in right now, this game can change a lot.

“We have to take the right lesson out of this game and we have to prepare in the best way for our game on Sunday. It’s an important game where I think a lot of things can go in a different direction.”

You can watch Markus’ post-match reaction on iFollow Barnsley.

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