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POYA ASBAGHI POST-COVENTRY CITY

20 February 2022

Following our agonising 1-0 defeat at Coventry City on Saturday afternoon, Poya Asbaghi expressed his disappointment that the Reds were unable to hold on for a point.

Dominic Hyam’s injury time winner was all that separated the two sides at the CBS Arena, as Barnsley suffered late heartbreak despite a strong defensive display in the West Midlands.

“Like most of us, I’m really disappointed right now,” began Asbaghi. “It’s a really bad feeling to lose the game in overtime, like we did. 

“I think, in the end, we defended really well in this game – it’s a tough away game, where everyone put in hard work, and we didn’t concede too many chances. I think the first half was even, but in the second half Coventry had more momentum and pushed us down.

“Still, I think we defended really well as a unit, and it was tough to concede a goal in the way that we did in overtime.

“If you look back at the game, we know that we have to try and create even more chances than we did, use our counter-attacks in a better and more efficient way, and of course try to push them down for longer times than we did.

“But I’m happy with the defensive performance.”

Our next assignment is just around the corner – a trip to Hull City on Tuesday evening – which means there is little time to dwell on the frustration of this weekend’s loss.

Asbaghi believes the quick turnaround is a good thing and is hoping for a response from the Reds when they travel to Humberside.

“It’s a part of being in the Championship – you don’t have so much time to be disappointed,” continued our Head Coach. “For us, in our situation after this loss, it’s a good thing that we have a game so close because that’s the best way you can bounce back.”

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


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