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POYA ASBAGHI ON FULHAM CLASH

10 March 2022

The Head Coach previews Saturday's game against the league leaders.

ON PLAYER AVAILABILITY

“There’s no further updates on any of the players, but Aapo Halme will return. I can’t see things changing too much in terms of who is available. 

“There is fatigue to take into consideration after so many games, and playing in midweek, but we will see how we get on in the next couple of sessions.”

LEARNING FROM TUESDAY NIGHT

“We’ve quickly moved onto Fulham. We know that if we are on our game we can disturb any team in this league. That’s where my focus is, on getting that to happen on Saturday.

“We need more aggression, but we need all 11 players to be on their game, everyone knowing exactly what we have to do.

“Anything less than that against a team like Fulham and we’ve no chance.

“If we are halfway in our pressing, it’s not going to work. It’s about being compact, about knowing our roles and following the gameplan.”

APPROACHING SATURDAY

“We can’t sit back against them for 90 minutes. We can’t go ultra aggressive either. It’s about finding the right balance, the right mentality. 

“It’s about handing how the game is going. Managing the situations within the game.

“They are a very good team. Mitrović is scoring a lot of goals, but it’s not all about him. They have superb individuals in every area so we have to be on it from the first minute, to frustrate them.

“It’s about stopping the machine that is Fulham, not just one player.

“We know it’s a tough challenge for us this weekend but we have our plan and we are looking for what would be a huge three points for us.”

OPTIONS FROM THE BENCH

“Even if we have a consistent starting lineup, we still need players to come in or come in and make an impact also. 

“It can be harder as a substitute to get into a game quickly from the bench. 

“But in recent games, our subs have helped us see out a result, but this wasn’t the case against Stoke. That is football.”

HIS FUTURE

“I don’t look into the future in terms of things like that. I’m focused only on the next game. We have to give all of our attention to this. 

“But when everything is done, at the end of the season, I’m sure we will look at everything.

“I am here to help Barnsley stay in the division, I enjoy it here and we have to make this a great couple of months for everyone.”


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