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MICHAEL DUFF ON ACCRINGTON DRAW

27 December 2022

Interviews

MICHAEL DUFF ON ACCRINGTON DRAW

27 December 2022

The gaffer gave his thoughts to iFollow Barnsley following our 1-1 draw with Accrington Stanley on Boxing Day in Sky Bet League One.

In a game where the Reds led for the majority, our Head Coach felt his side could have been more clinical in front of goal at the Wham Stadium in order to take all three points back to South Yorkshire.

"I think the overriding emotion is frustration," he admitted. "Frustration that we didn't quite do enough, didn't quite put the game to bed when we should have done. I thought we should have been out of sight at half-time.

"We did enough to win the game. There were enough chances - we opened them up on numerous occasions. Their only shot on target I think is the penalty. But, it's another game unbeaten. We've got a couple of home games now - hopefully, we can get a couple of wins there then it looks like a good point and we forget about it."

Despite the spoils being shared on Boxing Day, the Reds made it six unbeaten in Sky Bet League One, not losing away from home in league competition since October.

Duff emphasised the importance of remaining grounded despite the recent form of the team, stressing that there are still things to work on for the Reds. On the other hand, he also stated that not winning a game is not catastrophic for the team.

"It was only a couple of months ago where we didn't look like scoring a goal," discussed the 44-year-old. "So, the number of chances we created today was a positive. The team look in a good place.

"We've just won five on the spin, 16 points out of 18 - that's not bad. Yes, we wanted to win. We did enough to win the game and were in a winning position. But, let's not carried away with ourselves and think we're the finished article. It's hard to win a game of football. Today, we didn't quite do enough. I think if we had scored the second goal, we'd have put the game to bed - that's something we need to learn from."

With three games in seven days scheduled for the Reds, the durability of the squad will be tested such is the short recovery time that football this time of year brings.

However, Duff is keen to make sure the squad is in the best shape possible to capitalise on the points available in such a short space of time this festive period.

"There doesn't look to be any obvious ones," he said. "There might be some bruises and bumps when the adrenaline starts draining out of the system. We'll count the bodies - obviously we've got the shorter term ones, people like Josh Benson and Tom Edwards. Whether they'll have a chance, I don't know.

"There's nine points available in six days. It's an opportunity, that's what it is."

 

 


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