Our Head Coach spoke to iFollow Barnsley after the Reds earned a point on the road against Bristol Rovers on Saturday afternoon.
Nicky Cadden thundered a strike into the roof of the net on 7 minutes to open the scoring, before being cancelled out in the second half by substitute Scott Sinclair ten minutes from time.
Collins admitted that performance levels were not to the required standard by some of his players at the Memorial Stadium, elements of the Reds’ showing can provide encouragement as we forge ahead in the 23/24 campaign.
“I think overall there were too many players below par today,” he assessed. “When you look at the standards that we set last Saturday and on Tuesday night. I thought Bristol Rovers after a slow start really took the game by the scruff of the neck and wrestled it back.
“We just fell a little short and made it really difficult for ourselves to really get a foothold in the second half. But overall, a positive point and enough positive signs early in the game that we can build on.”
It was an emphatic strike that puts the Reds ahead inside the opening ten minutes, Cadden rifling off the underside of the crossbar from a tight angle.
His Head Coach praised his fellow Scot's start to the season and ability going forward for his side.
"I thought it was an excellent goal," praised Collins. "It started with a good press against the ball. He's got a fantastic left foot - if he's not serving balls in for people to finish, he's scoring. He's had a good start to the season. But for a bit more quality, we might have had a couple more goals like that."
Neill Collins' full post-match thoughts are now available on iFollow Barnsley.
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