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POYA ON BARROW TIE

6 January 2022

The Head Coach looks ahead to Saturday's clash in the Emirates FA Cup.

ON INJURIES

“We’ll have to see, but it’s really difficult to know how long with Cauley Woodrow I'm afraid. With Michał Helik, he should be back quicker, but it’s likely to be too early for them both, certainly in terms of the league games next week. The same goes for Aapo Halme and Obbi Oularé.”

COVID-19

“We have had some other small injuries, and we’ve players missing with COVID too. So we are about 10 players light right now. It’s been a special week. But it’s the same for every other club in the country I suppose. But we should be able to proceed with the game right now, we have the numbers. But there are two days to go so it’s anyone’s guess. In counting the players at training, today we are okay. But more cases tomorrow or Saturday morning, and then we could end up in a situation like Nottingham Forest and Stoke against us. But we hope that we are free to play the game, of course."

THE TRANSFER WINDOW

“I have my view on where I think we need extra competition, and I give my view on the sort of player I think we need. There’s a dialogue there. But it’s not on me to tell you about any potential signings, or when they might arrive or not. And I’ve heard nothing about bids for any of our players either. I’m just focused on training the players we do have available.”

ON THE FA CUP

“It’s the oldest competition in world football, so I’m looking forward to this weekend. A win could be a good platform, it’s another competitive game, a chance to get that victory we crave, and then we can push on in our league campaign. But it’s the FA Cup. Anything can happen. So we will approach the game with the correct mindset and we go into the tie humble, knowing that Barrow have already beaten Ipswich who were in a higher league also. But we do hope this is the game where our fortunes turn around.”

ON BARROW

“We’ve scouted them pretty well, we have an idea about how they’re going to set up and play. They’re good when playing from midfield. But we’ve seen their weaknesses and the picture is clear for us, how to get through on Saturday here at Oakwell. It’s a big game for Barrow, but I’ve told my players to remember how they felt when playing Chelsea last year. The Barrow players will feel like that - excited and ready to show they can shock everyone. That’s the charm of the FA Cup. But if we have the right attitude, we can navigate our way through this test.”

PREVIOUS CUP SUCCESS

“It was of course a big moment in my coaching career, a huge success in my life to win the cup back home in Sweden. What we did well then was that we respected each opponent with a pure focus, the right mentality. That took us to that success. It was a proud achievement for us and so I know what it means to play in such competitions, and we’ll be giving it everything on Saturday to make sure we get through to the next round.”


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