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14 September 2022



14 September 2022

Our Head Coach spoke after the spoils were shared at Oakwell on Tuesday night against Port Vale.

Liam Kitching gave the Reds the lead just before half-time, before his opening Barnsley goal was cancelled out by a late-headed equaliser from Ellis Harrison for the Valiants in the 83rd minute.

A draw was an unfair result in Duff's opinion, with the Reds having chances to secure all three points. 

"I thought we deserved to win the game," he asserted. "I think in the first 75 minutes we dominated the game. Ultimately, we've got to take our chances.

"We started to come away from what was giving us that success in the opening 60 to 75 minutes, started going a little bit backwards and sideways and started to play in front of them. 

"Then we ended up playing longer balls, started losing the second balls, so we lost the momentum in the game that gained us that dominance. It did become end to end.

"But, another good performance, another game unbeaten. The disappointment is that we haven't won the game, but there were lots of positives within it."

Jack Stevens denied the Reds on a number of occasions, pulling off impressive stops in the Port Vale goal to prevent a win for the home side.

The chances created were pleasing for our Head Coach, with the frustration coming from the lack of opportunities converted.

"I'm pleased with how many chances we created, but I'm not pleased with the amount of goals we've scored," Duff replied. 

"We should have scored more goals. It's learning how to be a bit more ruthless. It's a young team, it's a bit of street 'know-how' that we couldn't see the game out.

"But ultimately, I didn't think we needed to be on a knife edge, we should have been out of sight."

A draw with the Valiants marks three games unbeaten now in the league, drawing at Ipswich Town and winning at Sheffield Wednesday prior to this one.

Despite any frustrations that Duff may have experienced, Tuesday night's performance he feels is a platform to build from going into Cambridge on Saturday.

"The performance is definitely a platform to build on," he affirmed. "We'll play worse than that this year and win games. I've got absolutely no doubt about that.

"There is positives within it."

Watch Michael Duff's full reaction to the game over on iFollow Barnsley.

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