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10 April 2022

Speaking after our 4-1 loss at Millwall on Saturday afternoon, Mads Andersen gave a damning verdict of the Reds’ performance.

Our skipper was particularly displeased at the ease in which the hosts were able to score and insisted we didn’t do the basics right.

“I think the start was alright, then they got a stupid goal – it’s just not good enough,” reflected Andersen. “Offside or not, I didn’t see it, but it’s still not good enough.

“We just didn’t do the basics; we didn’t do the simple stuff like winning our duels and second balls, which is very important in this league. 

“Going out in the second half, we didn’t start good enough. It wasn’t good enough. It was too easy for them to get the crosses, too easy for them to score goals, so it’s very disappointing.”

Barnsley had decent opportunities to take the lead through Callum Brittain and Callum Styles before Danny McNamara was able to open the scoring.

That has, unfortunately, been the story of our season: a host of missed chances and being punished, and it proved to be costly once more in the capital.

“It’s very important to be clinical at both ends, and we weren’t,” conceded Andersen. “It was a good feeling when we got the goal we scored, because we felt like we were back in the goal.

“But they got the third goal, and it was too easy.”

The Dane paid tribute to our travelling supporters, who made the near-400-mile round trip to the Den and stated that Barnsley are still in the fight.

Reading’s defeat at home to Cardiff City means there is still the faintest glimmer of hope, but we need results now.

“First of all, thank you for the supporters – it was great to hear them,” he said. “Reading lost, so we’re still in the game, and we believe we can do it.”

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

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