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28 August 2022



28 August 2022

Our Head Coach reacted to an eventful 2-2 draw with Ipswich Town at Portman Road on Saturday.

The Reds found themselves behind twice in the game courtesy of Conor Chaplin and Sam Morsy, but Duff's side pegged themselves back level through Jack Aitchison and Callum Styles.

Taking all the factors into consideration, the 44-year-old was happy with a point in East Anglia.

"It was stressful!" he exclaimed. "I thought it was a good game.

"I thought we were very unlucky to be losing the game. A brilliant free-kick scored against us, two injuries in the first half, it's quite easy to feel sorry for yourself at this point. 

"We've had a little bit of bad luck, in fact we've had a lot of bad luck over the last three or four games in my opinion. 

"They're top of the league, they're having it off. But, we showed lots of different sides to the game. We passed the ball well at times, we pressed really well at times and we dug in which is what we need to do."

The aforementioned injuries came in the opening half an hour, with Jordan Helliwell and Josh Benson both having to be replaced.

The Northern Irishman provided an update on the pair, with the full extent of the injuries not yet being known.

"We think Jordan's will be worse than Josh's," he discussed.

"I think Jordan felt a 'pop', that's never normally a good sign. Josh didn't really want to come off, but, I'm too old to know that you can't run off a muscle strain, you're just going to make it worse.

"We're light on bodies, we know that. We're not in a position to take gambles, and it's not like we don't trust the other members of the squad either. Wolfey [Matty Wolfe] came in and did well."

Our first equaliser came through Aitchison, who despite impressing whilst leading the line, hadn't found the back of the net before Saturday.

Duff was delighted for his Scottish forward to get off the mark and with how he took his chance.

"Really pleased for him, he's worked ever so hard. He knows he's missed some chances, he knows he's had opportunities. You could see him getting tighter and tighter, but I'm a firm believer that hard work will pay you back.

"I said it to the players before the game, we can't feel sorry for ourselves. Hard work will always pay you back. It might not happen straight away, might not have happened today, might not have happened next week. But, if you keep doing it and doing it and you're standards are high enough, eventually, you'll earn some credit."

Watch Michael Duff's full interview on iFollow Barnsley here.

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