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POYA ASBAGHI POST-SHEFFIELD UNITED

20 March 2022

Speaking after our 2-0 defeat against Sheffield United on Saturday afternoon, Poya Asbaghi believes Barnsley were the better team until conceding the opening goal.

Having enjoyed much of the opening period, the Reds also began the second half brightly and looked dangerous from a flurry of set-pieces but fell behind following a quick free-kick routine.

The hosts added a second late on to seal three points, and our Head Coach was disappointed with his side’s reaction to falling behind.

“It’s really disappointing to lose this game, especially if you look how we played until their goal,” began Asbaghi. “I thought we did really good; we were close to scoring sometimes and they had some chances as well. 

“It was a pretty even game until they scored the first one – maybe we even had a bit more of an advantage, I would say. Then they had a free-kick where we didn’t deal with it enough; we reacted too late as a collective, not only one player – all of us – and they were able to score from that. 

“After they scored this goal, let’s just say I’m not happy with the way we tried to get back into the game. They had more counter-attacks than we were able to create chances, which is the most disappointing point.

“Until their goal, it was actually a good performance from us.”

With a fortnight now until our next fixture, it is a good opportunity for players to recharge their batteries after what has been a gruelling schedule over the last few months.

When we return, the Reds welcome Reading to Oakwell in what is looking like a must-win game in the fight for survival.

“For all the teams in the Championship, the international break is a time for two things; to recover and to go through collective things for the team, which is going to be important for the last part of the season,” continued Asbaghi.

“We know for us that it’s a big game against Reading coming up first.”

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


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