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21 September 2022



21 September 2022

Our Assistant Head Coach spoke after our 2-0 victory against Newcastle U21s in Papa John's Trophy action on Tuesday evening at Oakwell.

A debut goal for Jack Butterfill along with a fabulous free-kick from Ziyad Larkeche got the Reds off the mark in the Papa John's Trophy this campaign.

Paterson was happy with his side's level of performance under the lights at Oakwell: "The performance was good," he affirmed. "I think we spoke at half-time in terms of our chances created which was good, but we needed to be more ruthless. 

"They were dangerous on transition, so we had to clean up that in terms of the way we defend in the transition. But ultimately, as a staff, we asked them to be more ruthless in the second half and we put demands on them to go and win the game."

The team fielded against the Magpies saw a lot of rotation from the side that won at Cambridge at the weekend.

However, 'Patto' praised the lads who featured on Tuesday evening and how they performed, despite not having much game time so far this campaign.

"Very pleased," said the 35-year-old. "The gaffer wants to develop talent. We want to use these games to give players minutes, who need them, to help the main squad.

"He's [Michael Duff] got no hesitation in playing young players that deserve it and most of the players there were young and they do deserve to be on the field in this cup.

"I thought they did themselves no harm in front of the manager tonight with the work ethic, the way they took on information and corrected the second half."

Butterfill wasn't the only debutant scorer at Oakwell on Tuesday, with Larkeche converting a fantastic direct free-kick on 85 minutes.

Before coming into the game, the coaching staff had a good gauge of the Frenchman's abilities and what he is capable of.

"When we recruit players, as a club, we look at their strengths and weaknesses," he explained.

"We do the due diligence, so we're fully aware of Ziyad's ability from restarts and in open play. You don't play where he's played or be at the club he is at if you can't play the game well. We knew that he had a good delivery, we know that he can take direct free-kicks. 

"We had no hesitation putting him on it."

This result now makes it four unbeaten in all competitions, our last defeat coming in this competition against Lincoln City almost a month ago.

Our Assistant Head Coach finished by emphasising the importance of focusing on each match as it comes.

"We go game to game," he highlighted. "Every game we play, as a staff, as a Club, as players, we want to win.

"In terms of prioritising, that's not for us to think about. We just prepare to win the next game.

"That's the mindset we have with the staff at the football Club and the players."

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