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MICHAEL DUFF REACTS TO BOLTON STALEMATE

16 October 2022

Interviews

MICHAEL DUFF REACTS TO BOLTON STALEMATE

16 October 2022

Our Head Coach gave his thoughts to iFollow Barnsley following our 0-0 draw with the Whites on Saturday in Sky Bet League One action.

Despite chances to win the game, Michael Duff believed that a draw was a fair result, and a good one at that, stopping Bolton's four-game winning run at the University of Bolton Stadium.

"I'm not sure either team did enough to win the game," Duff admitted. "They had a lot of the ball, but I think they've had one shot on target in the game. A routine save for Brad early on.

"We passed the ball too much last week. We had 60-70% of the ball without doing anything with it. Today, we probably didn't use it quite well enough. But, the reaction after last week's poor performance - resilient, dogged.

"They've won four on the spin here, Bolton. Big club, big crowd, and good players. The armoury they've been bringing off the bench as well. To keep them at arm's length, we've had to work hard, but we were good value for a point."

The Reds had chances to take the lead, but the gaffer believed a win for either side would have been unjust.

James Norwood had the best of our chances, heading over the bar from just inside the area after a delivery from the left. 

"It would have been a smash and grab if we'd have done it," he said. "I don't think either team did enough to win. We had the free-kick at the end as well, but they've had one in the first half.

"Even-stevens, a point was fair."

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This result makes it four away clean sheets on the spin for the Reds in the league, the first time since March 2019.

However, Duff emphasised the necessity for his side to improve at home in order to find a good level of consistency across the performances.

"We need to do better with the ball at home," he explained. "The onus is on us to use the ball better, which we didn't do last week. We used the ball, but there was no purpose to it at all - lackadaisical.

"Today, that was the same frustration. We didn't quite use it well enough, but that's part of the team's evolution, a part of the team's learning. I don't want 80% of the ball and no chances. I'd rather have 50% of the ball and create good opportunities. We want to play mixed football."

Praising the fans' support, Duff acknowledged the affair may not have been a blockbuster for the travelling Reds contingent, but showed his appreciation for the backing his side received.

"Brilliant," the 44-year-old praised. "That's a very big stand to fill. It might not have been the most exciting 0-0 in the world, but, I think the team have shown they've worked hard. They've all put a shift in.

"It's a point for everybody. We'll take the positives from the performance."


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