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31 August 2022



31 August 2022

Our Head Coach reacted to our 3-0 defeat at Oakwell on Tuesday night against Lincoln Town in the Papa John's Trophy.

The Reds saw themselves 2-0 down and down to ten men in the opening 25 minutes courtesy of a brace from Teddy Bishop and a dismissal for James Norwood on 22 minutes.

"A mad five minutes cost us the game," admitted Duff. 

"The first goal is people running off our players, the second is an anomaly. Nors (James Norwood) has let himself and everyone at the club down. A moment of stupidity. Then, the younger lads have had to suffer for the next 75 minutes.

"After that, I thought we stuck to the task pretty well. The game was dead as a spectacle at that point which is disappointing for the supporters that have come out. 

"It is tough. They're playing against a more experienced team, we're 2-0 up and we're down to ten men. There were positives within it believe it or not, but as a spectacle, no, it was five minutes of madness."

The game saw Herbie Kane make his return from injury after picking up a groin injury in pre-season.

Duff was happy to see Kane back out on the grass and felt he did well in his cameo in the match.

"Herbie was always down to do half an hour," he stressed.

"Someone [Herbie] who has been out with a couple of muscle injuries, I'm not a big fan of giving them the last half an hour. 

"Warming them up, getting them loose, play the first half and do it that way."

Three young Reds made their first-team debuts on Tuesday night; with Hayden Pickard, Danny Benson and Harrison Nejman all being introduced in the second half.

At this point, the Reds remained 2-0 down and Lincoln with that man advantage, yet the 44-year-old belives the youngsters will have learned a lot from the game.

"You win, or you learn," asserted Duff.

"If they can't win, they need to learn from the experience. It was the first time some of them have tasted it, so they've got a little taste of what it's like with a crowd here.

"I was pleased with the spirit again. The mentality of 'oh, it's not fair', 'I never made a mistake'. I've got no issue with people making honest mistakes. Occupational hazards. People don't make mistakes in the stands, I don't make mistakes on the sidelines. I made millions as a player, it's tough."

Watch Michael Duff's post-match interview in full on iFollow Barnsley.

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