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30 September 2021



30 September 2021

Speaking after our 3-1 defeat against Nottingham Forest on Wednesday evening, Markus Schopp believes that his side’s desire to kill the game off was a major factor in our second half collapse.

Leading through Cauley Woodrow’s penalty, the Reds aimed to seize the initiative and came out brightly after the interval but were hit on the break twice in seven minutes as the visitors turned the tie on its head.

“We were really hungry to get the second goal and we tried everything, and for that we lost the balance in the centre because we got beaten twice on the counter-attack where we had a chance to create something,”began Schopp.

“In this area, the guys can lose the ball – not that easy; this is too easy, to be honest – but it’s impossible that we have such spaces in between and this is actually something that shouldn’t happen and something that I cannot accept. 

“We saw Barnsley in the first 45 minutes not brilliant, but we were really intense and aggressive, so we were up 1-0. We knew that they probably would change something; they have different players on the bench where they can react.

“But it’s not about their formation or their way how they wanted to play; it was more about us and how easy we gave these two goals away.”

Despite the recent run of poor form, our Head Coach feels that positive results are around the corner.

The Austrian is keen for his side to use these defeats as a learning experience and to not make the same errors moving forward.

“When you saw the last games, a couple of individual mistakes are breaking us down and we know that we have a couple of players who have to learn and a couple of players who have to adapt,” continued Schopp.

“It’s about getting to the next level and to do that they have to find better answers.”

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

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