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26 September 2021



26 September 2021

Speaking after our 1-0 defeat at Blackpool on Saturday afternoon, Markus Schopp says he wants his side to be more ruthless at both ends of the pitch.

The Reds were undone by Shayne Lavery’s first half strike and, despite creating a few late openings, were unable to salvage anything on a disappointing day at Bloomfield Road.

“First of all, it was unbelievable to have so many supporters here and I wish we could have given them more – especially in the first half,” began Schopp.

“I was really angry after the first 45 minutes because there was no difference between the two teams except for how to put the basics on the pitch, and they did it better in the first half than we did.

“It was too easy for them to get in our last third and when we got in their last third it’s about being more clinical, and this is something that we had in the last couple of games.”

Up next for Barnsley is a clash with Nottingham Forest at Oakwell, with Steve Cooper’s side currently occupying a relegation spot in the early stages of the campaign.

Victory on Wednesday evening would put some much-needed daylight between ourselves and the bottom three, while also breathing renewed confidence into the squad.

“We want to win every game and it’s something I said before the first game,” insisted Schopp. “I know what qualities we have as a team and it’s so important that we use that on the pitch and it’s important to be clear with the basics.

“I’m glad that this week we had almost all the players back in training. Except for Carlton and Mads, all players are available and this is something we haven’t had all season, so this is a good thing.

“It’s a situation where we can start competing in certain positions and for a couple of young lads, it’s important that there’s pressure.”

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

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