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9 February 2022

Speaking after our 2-1 defeat at Luton Town on Tuesday evening, Mads Andersen believes Barnsley played into the Hatters’ hands after the interval.

The Reds were energetic and picked up second balls in the first half and looked more likely to go on to claim all three points, but the hosts stepped it up a notch and showed why they are sitting just outside the play-off places with a commanding performance at Kenilworth Road.

“I think we played a great first half – a bit disappointed that we conceded the goal we did, but I think we created a lot of good opportunities to score some goals and keep possession,” discussed the Dane.

“We dealt with the long balls and second balls very well in the first half, but in the second half we played more on their terms, which is going to be difficult because it’s their game – they’re good at it. 

“I don’t feel like we came out bad in the second half – I think everyone was there and, during the whole game, I feel like they gave a big effort.

“Was it unlucky? I don’t know. We could have done something against it. I’ve seen their goal again and it’s a second ball – a perfect combination from them. But when you’re at the bottom, you have to be ready in every situation, otherwise it’s going to kill you.”

It’s another damaging loss for the Reds, who are rooted to the foot of the Sky Bet Championship table with 17 games remaining.

Confidence has taken a hit lately, but Andersen is hopeful that he and his teammates can look at the aspects they have done well in their recent outings to try and build on that moving forward.

“At the minute, it’s a huge disappointment,” admitted our stand-in skipper. “But I will say definitely that we can take a lot of good stuff from the first half and from the last few games where we’ve shown some good creativity and created some chances and put some pressure on their defence.

“So, that’s definitely some positives that we can take.”

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

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