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16 March 2022

Following our 2-0 victory over Bristol City on Tuesday evening, Poya Asbaghi spoke of his delight at the way we were able to take advantage of set-piece situations.

The Reds scored twice inside the opening 21 minutes from Amine Bassi corners to take control of the contest and put us on course for three priceless points.

“Winning at home, two goals, a clean sheet and as well that we were able to score set-pieces; it was the performance we wanted before the game,” began Asbaghi.

“It was a good job from the players, and I think we started this game really well – pushing them down and creating a lot of set-pieces, and we were really efficient getting them, which we know is an area that we want to score, so we don’t only depend on counter-attacks or open play; that we have set-pieces.

“That was the reason we won this game.

“In the second half, sometimes we looked a bit tired – this is normal in this game when we played such an opponent as Fulham, which was a tough game and we ran a lot and only had three days until this game.

“But I’m happy that we were able to defend the lead and keep a clean sheet, so it was a good night.”

Up next for the Reds is a South Yorkshire derby clash with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane this weekend.

The Blades have had a steady rise up the Sky Bet Championship table after a sluggish start and are in contention for a play-off place, but Asbaghi is hoping that Barnsley can continue their recent fine form and claim a positive result.

“I’m happy that we could get this win so we can go in with a good feeling, because we know the confidence in our team has to be high to take on such an opponent as Sheffield United away,” said our Head Coach.

“It’s going to be a tough game, but we’ve kept a clean sheet and we have some good confidence in the team, so to play such an opponent comes at a good time for us as well.”

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

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