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21 February 2018

OPPOSITION manager José Morais says two quality strikes cost Barnsley the game in his first match in charge of The Tykes.

Jamie Allen and Jacob Davenport both fired unstoppable shots past Nick Townsend in the home goal to notch their first respective goals for the club.

"Well I can say that the first half wasn't really what we expected to have as a start," admitted Morais. "We conceded two goals; the first was a great shot from distance - sometimes this situation happens. I could say we could have pressed the player with the ball a little bit better.

"At 1-0 down, the team started to try and play and adapt to the game. At the end of the first half, we were unlucky because it was a free-kick and, once again, it was good quality and we're 2-0 down at half-time. We had to re-think things in terms of organisation.

"The players were informed about what we had to do in the second half and the strategy that we had for the second half, in terms of intention, it was to try and score the first goal as soon as possible and put us in the game and force the situations where we could have more balls in the box - this is what we did.

The hosts had a late goal chalked off for offside in the 95th minute, but José Morais thought the goal should have counted.

"We scored the goal and continued to push until the last minute and we really had the opportunity to make it 2-2. We created enough chances to score more than the one goal and, at the end of the game, I believe that the situation that we scored could be a legal situation."

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