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12 October 2022



12 October 2022

Our Assistant Head Coach spoke to iFollow Barnsley after our 4-2 victory at the Eco-Power Stadium on Tuesday evening in our final Papa John's Trophy Group E match.

The victory against South Yorkshire rivals Doncaster secures our progression into the knockout stages of the competition.

As with the previous two group games, Paterson took the reins for this one alongside First Team coach Martin Devaney, and our assistant boss was pleased with what he saw out on the pitch in Doncaster.

"First half - and I say this with humility - I thought everything went our way," he opened.

"I thought we started the game on the front foot, great press, scored some good goals. 

"The game swung in the second half into their favour. They put us under pressure, putting on probably their stronger players at League Two level, who are good players. 

"You can see by how we approach the game in terms of attitude and effort we respect the competition, we respect the club, Doncaster, that we came to. So first half, excellent. Second half, valuable for our young players to learn how to get over the line in games."

'Pato' mentioned the youngsters involved there, with the starting eleven named by the Reds on Tuesday night being the youngest recorded in the Club's 135-year history.

The youngest, at 16 years of age, was Fabio Jalo, who found himself on the scoresheet twice. He became the second-youngest goal scorer in Barnsley's history on Tuesday evening, opening his professional account for the Club. 

Paterson was extremely satisfied with his performance, but was reluctant to put boundaries on the youngster.

"We know Fabio very well," he smiled. "Yes, we are impressed with the two goals and some of the moments he had. But, we know how much he has to work on to get up to this level.

"You can see in the fact he starts these games that we believe in him. I'd rather just let the clips and the two goals speak for themselves. Again, he's now got to continue in that rhythm, get back to Oakwell and train hard."

Another standout performer from the game was Josh Martin. He bagged himself a brace and two assists in a good night's work for the 21-year-old.

The attacking midfielder played his football at the Eco-Power stadium last campaign, enjoying a loan spell with Rovers. Paterson praised Martin's performance against his former side and his contribution to the team.

"He should be very pleased with his performance and so are we," he lauded. "He's a talented young footballer, we brought him into the football club for a reason. 

"Tonight, he got valuable minutes, valuable confidence, valuable exposure to the way that we press and the way that we defend. He's put in a performance/goals to be able to factor to getting into Michael's starting eleven."

Barnsley's eleven, despite being young, featured some of the more senior players in the Reds' ranks. Whilst gaining valuable minutes, they were on hand to offer advice and help some of the less experienced youngsters in the team in Doncaster.

The 35-year-old was happy with how his side approached the occasion and attributed a lot of credit to the travelling Reds fans who came in numbers and backed their side.

"I thought there were a lot of Barnsley fans in the stadium for a cold, Tuesday night! That gave the players a boost, especially near the end. 

"They stayed until the end, screaming and shouting. That gave the players the confidence to continue to work their socks off, which they would do anyway. 

"You can see the identity, the DNA of Michael's teams in tonight's performance. I think you see the first half, the way the gaffer wants us to play in terms of the attack. To play hurtful football, purposeful football. 

"Then you saw the second part of it, the grit and the determination. I think Barnsley fans and Barnsley people know what that's about."

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