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28 September 2022



28 September 2022

A Barnsley-dominated first half, followed by a more even and quiet second resulted in the points being shared between our U21s and Peterborough United.

The young Reds had several opportunities before the interval, but the visitors opened the scoring soon after the restart. However, Keegan Hartley’s leveller ensured the spoils were shared at the Oakwell Training Ground on Tuesday evening.

“We started off the game really well,” began Nicky Eaden, who temporarily took Tom Harban’s role for the game. “We had some really good opportunities, but the finish and the final pass let us down.

“The second half seemed to lack a bit of energy; Peterborough set off after the restart really well, but we didn’t seem to be able to get going. We went a goal down and we made the subs, scored, and ended up finishing the game quite strong.”

Despite the Reds’ incessant pressure in the first half, Peterborough managed to go into half-time without conceding, and then opened the scoring themselves after starting the second half in a much more positive way.

Kai Corbett’s free-kick from an angle somehow found its way through a sea of players and into the bottom corner.

“It’s a scrappy one,” Eaden remarked. “It’s ended up going past a lot of bodies, I think someone swung at it and missed it from the inswinging free-kick and it’s just crept in at the far stick.

“It summed up the way we started the second half; scrappy and a bit disjointed.”

Fortunately, the Reds didn’t let the setback get to them, and were quick to make amends by levelling the game through Hartley’s fine strike.

“They dominated the first period of the second half, but after they scored, we sort of dug in and hauled ourselves back into the game, so credit to the lads for keeping going and battling away,” reflected Eaden.

“If you look at the balance of the game and take the goals out of it, it’s probably a fair result at the end of the day.

“It’s a difficult position for the team at the moment. We need to be better in possession, but because we’ve got this philosophy of being a high pressing team, sometimes we find it difficult to switch from being 100 miles per hour high press to when we get the ball, showing a bit of composure.

“We end up winning the ball and we still play things at 100 miles per hour so I think if we show a bit more composure in possession, especially when transitioning once we’ve won it, that’s when you can recognise whether you can catch them on the break and go all out or have a bit of composure and build up an attack slowly.”

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