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LAIGHT REACTS TO CREWE U21S LOSS

22 October 2022

Interviews

LAIGHT REACTS TO CREWE U21S LOSS

22 October 2022

Following our U21s’ 2-1 defeat against Crewe Alexandra on Friday afternoon, coach Ryan Laight explained that although there was much room for improvement in the attacking third, Barnsley were unlucky to come away with nothing.

The young Reds created numerous opportunities, with Keegan Hartley in particular looking lively going forward, but were unable to convert their chances in a frustrating encounter at the Oakwell Training Ground.

“I thought we deserved something from the game,” asserted Laight. “We created the chances to go and score but just weren’t ruthless enough in the attacking third.

“It was frustrating. We looked really good down the flanks and were doing well at getting extras into the box, but we just didn’t have the desire and commitment.

“The game should’ve been done and dusted in the first 15 minutes when the pressure was off. Then, if we take the lead we can go on and enjoy the game.”


Crewe's defensive work was admirable and proved to be the deciding factor in the end. Laight believes his side should take inspiration from this and aim to be stronger in the future.

“They demonstrated that they wanted to stop the ball going in the back of their net,” continued Laight. “If we showed a little more of that along with a bit more quality, we would’ve scored more goals and got something from the game.”

Although the young Reds fought into the dying embers of the game, it just wasn’t meant to be be, and they were narrowly beaten.

However, Laight was pleased with the character and desire that our U21s continued to show throughout the contest.

“It was good to see them keep at it until the end but it’s what we expect,” he insisted. “We should always be in the position where we’re fighting to get back into the game.”


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