Following our 2-0 defeat at Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon, Mads Andersen insists the defending wasn’t up to scratch as we fell behind at Bramall Lane.
The Blades were able to work a quick set-piece routine for Sander Berge to open the scoring 10 minutes after the break, and it was an uphill battle from that moment on.
“It wasn’t good enough; the whole team wasn’t switched on and we should be, so it’s as simple as that,” admitted the Dane.
We had a handful of chances before the break, with Matty Wolfe twice coming close to breaking the deadlock, first forcing a fine save from Wes Foderingham and then skewing wide from a tight angle.
After a bright start to the second half, we looked good value for at least a point in the South Yorkshire derby, but when Morgan Gibbs-White added another shortly after Berge’s close range finish, the writing was on the walls.
“I think we played a good first half and had some opportunities and kept them away for quite a bit,” discussed Andersen. “We started well in the second half and they get a goal, then it started to go down a bit from there.
“We had some chances in the last few minutes, but they defended very well. So, credit to them, and now we have to rest up and we have a big game against Reading.”
There are now eight games remaining of our Sky Bet Championship campaign, starting when the Royals visit Oakwell after the international break in early April.
With 24 points up for grabs, it is perhaps too soon to write the Reds off, and our stand-in skipper was bullish in his approach to the run-in.
"We’ll go out to win every one of them,” he asserted.
You can watch Mads’ post-match interview on iFollow Barnsley.