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ASBAGHI ON THREE POINTS AT HULL

23 February 2022

The head coach was hugely satisfied with his team's performance on the road last night.

It may have taken 17 attempts, but Barnsley have finally tasted victory away from home in this 21/22 Sky Bet Championship campaign.

Goals from Callum Styles and Carlton Morris in a blistering opening 45 saw the Reds to a vital three points, a result that left Poya Asbaghi a happy man indeed.

"It was a well-deserved victory." Asbaghi stated, following his side's 2-0 victory on Humberside.

"I think, first half, that's the best I've seen us. We defended well, we were aggressive but also threatening. Offensively, we saw a lot of runs, a lot of players wanting to score and a real desperation to create chances.

"It was a real good balance, the perfect mix of what we want from a defensive and offensive side."

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A running theme this season has been the Reds' inability to punish the opposition and then ending up on the wrong end of a one-goal defeat.

But Tuesday night saw Barnsley not only dominate their hosts, but take a couple of chances with real precision.

It's the sort of display that enthuses the Swede, who feels things are coming together at a crucial stage of the year.

"We won a lot of second balls, which is really important to us. After Coventry, the mistake aside, we know we can defend really well. We've defended pretty good in the last month or so, and this is another example of that. 

"But we didn't win the second balls at the weekend or create any really good opportunities. And this causes stress to our defence.

"Tonight was the way we need to play, and how we'll fight our way out of this situation."

We now return to home soil for Saturday's 3pm kick-off against promotion-chasing Middlesbrough, which is one of many Oakwell fixtures over the next few weeks.

The boss feels this is an advantage, to have the backing of the Barnsley fanbase, much like we enjoyed in our last home fixture, the 1-0 victory over another high-flying side in QPR. 

"We've finally won our first away game, but of course we would always prefer to play at home with all of our supporters behind us. 

"And because of the schedule changing, we have a couple of home games in-hand now. I think it's five of the next seven games at Oakwell. 

"That's good for us. We look forward to Middlesbrough back at home this weekend."


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