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27 August 2023



27 August 2023

Our Head Coach gave his thoughts to iFollow Barnsley after our 2-0 win at the DW Stadium against Wigan Athletic on Saturday afternoon.

Shortly after the dismissal of Charlie Hughes following a last-ditch challenge on Devante Cole, our number 44 opened the scoring minutes later with a smart finish in the area.

Sustained Reds pressure followed for the majority of the game, only lacking a goal to show for their dominance in the affair. However, debutant John McAtee sealed all three points in added time, stroking home from 15 yards.

Collins was delighted with his side's performance in Greater Manchester and was pleased with how the team adapted following the first-half dismissal.

"A sending off always changes proceedings," discussed the Scot. "The good thing was that we capitalised. I thought prior to that, the players started the game really well. Front foot, aggressive. We created a couple of good opportunities, Max was unlucky not to get a goal. 

"We got a goal in front of our fantastic away fans. We should have had a second, but we got one in the end!"

Our latest recruit, McAtee, was introduced in the 65th minute, with the Reds searching for a second goal to ensure the three points were going back to Oakwell.

Despite missing a couple of good chances shortly after coming onto the pitch, the 24-year-old got his goal in stoppage time and wrapped up the three points in Wigan.

"Pure class finish," praised the gaffer. "He'll like a couple of his chances back, but that is the sign of a good striker—never get flustered.

"I think the fans are really going to enjoy John," continued Collins. "He's going to be their type of player. He plays with a lot of heart, but he's got a lot of quality. He's going to score some exciting goals, I think, for us. The competition for places is important, John adds to that."

Neill Collins' full post-match interview is available over on iFollow Barnsley!

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