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MANAGER'S VERDICT: BARNSLEY

1 April 2024

Club News

MANAGER'S VERDICT: BARNSLEY

1 April 2024

MARTIN Paterson said that missed chances in the first half and Barnsley’s quality in the second condemned the Brewers to defeat.

Albion took the lead through a Joe Powell goal and were looking good at the break but the visitors upped their game in the second period and came back to win 3-1.

Paterson said: “The first half was really good, and we should have been two or three to the good. We missed opportunities but finally got the goal we had been working hard for.

“You go in at half-time 1-0 up against an excellent Barnsley team and it’s a good platform to go into the second half.  But then you saw what happened – it was a capitulation.

“They changed shape, they brought players on who are top end at this level. I said at half-time that there is a storm coming as I know Neill (Collins) and I knew he would be aggressive. He was always going to put his subs on early and they scored three goals and punished us.

“First half we let them off the hook as we only scored one goal and we lost Mason Bennett. Then their quality kills us. I’m trying to get them to play and do the right things, but we start coming off script and doing things that aren’t what we do.”

The Brewers now have another promotion-chasing side at home on Saturday when Oxford are the visitors and need to find a way to get a home victory.

Paterson said: “You look at the first half performance and you can’t tell me we shouldn’t be up in the game. The performance levels are there at times, but we don’t put in a whole performance, and we don’t punish teams.

“I’m trying to be really creative. We changed shape today and I don’t think anyone can question that I’m trying every possibility and trying to tactically change things. We have to look it in the eye and admit we don’t score goals when we should. We have had so many periods of really good pressure on teams and have opportunities that look really good, but we don’t score and they do.

“Barnsley have three or four players on the bench that can get in any team in the league and we have young boys that I have to coach and bring on but that’s not an excuse - it remains that on the first half performance we should have had two or three goals against an excellent team.

“I will keep doing the right things and working hard. I go and clap every single supporter, win, lose or draw. We aren’t winning games and I have to take that on the chin. But the players have also got to step up because there are so many times when we play well but don’t get the job done.”


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