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23 April 2022

Speaking after our 2-1 defeat at Huddersfield Town which ultimately confirmed our relegation from the Sky Bet Championship on Friday evening, Cauley Woodrow expressed his disappointment at the season as a whole.

Forty-three games have yielded just 30 points for the Reds, who have registered just six wins over the course of a largely forgettable campaign.

“Obviously, we’re disappointed,” conceded Woodrow. “But if you look at the whole season and you look at the last however long we’ve had to get out of this position, we knew it was going to be tough and now it’s mathematically done. 

“It’s very disappointing, but we knew it was going to be a massive uphill battle when we got into this position, and we’re really disappointed.

“We’ve lost too many games, not played well enough, and we could say a million things, but if you don’t get points, you don’t stay in the league. It’s as simple as that.”

It is stark contrast to last season, where Barnsley defied all the odds to secure a place in the play-offs and came agonisingly close to claiming the most unlikely of promotions to the top flight of English football.

Our fans were unable to enjoy those moments with us due to the pandemic, but Woodrow is urging the Reds’ faithful to stick with the team to help us come back firing in July.

“I can only apologise; it’s all I can really do now and thank them for the support,” said the skipper.

“Last season, we had a fantastic year, and they weren’t able to be a part of that at the stadium. This year has been a very disappointing year for the football club and for the fans; that’s the ups and downs of football and it’s mental really to think that a year ago we were one game away from the Premier League and now we’re in League One.

“So, apologies to the Barnsley fans, but they’ve got to stick with us now because League One is a tough league. We’ve been there before; we’ve been promoted before and that’s what we’ve got to look to do now.”

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