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13 November 2022



13 November 2022

Our Head Coach reacted to our 1-0 victory over the Shrews for iFollow Barnsley in Shropshire.

Adam Phillips' goal just inside the opening ten minutes was enough to claim all three points in a closely fought battle between the two sides.

"I'm really pleased," began the gaffer. "It's a really hard place to come. I came here on Wednesday and they totally dominated the game against Oxford who I think are a really good team.

"It's another clean sheet, it's another three points. We know how hard it is to win a game of football so we're always delighted with the win."

Making it two in as many games, Phillips swept home from inside the area after a good team move involving midfield and attack.

Duff was particularly pleased with this pattern of play, with it being something the team have paid particular attention to in recent weeks.

"I think it was a good goal, I'll have to watch it back," he attempted to recall, smiling. "It wasn't just a good finish, it was good build-up.

"Things that we've worked on, runners into certain parts of the pitch. We've now tweaked the shape a little bit, and getting midfielders in the box. It was a clinical finish."

The Reds showed a different side to their game in the second half in Shropshire, digging in and having to restrict the home side from threatening Brad Collins' goal.

Pleased with the mentality his side showed, Duff praised the growing spirit in his side and believes it is a strong point of his team.

"I think that's something we do well," he discussed. "I don't think Brad has had a save to make of any note. We've said that quite a lot, even when we have been beaten in games. The whole team works hard. 

"Cohesion amongst the team, spirit. People coming on the pitch that haven't been in the squad recently. I trust them all. We'll always pick a team that's in the game that we think at that moment in time will affect the game in the right way.

"That's not always the same eleven people."

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