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Post Barnsley | Steve Cotterill

12 November 2022


Post Barnsley | Steve Cotterill

12 November 2022

Manager Steve Cotterill spoke to the media following today's game against Barnsley.

A tenth-minute goal from Adam Phillips was enough to win the match for the visitors - with Town pushing for an equaliser throughout the second half but unable to convert one of nine shots on goal.

Barnsley headed to Montgomery Waters Meadow having not played since their FA Cup win over Bolton seven days ago.

Town, meanwhile, were back in action just three days after playing Oxford. Speaking post-match, the boss felt that the quick turnaround didn't help us for the visit of Michael Duff's side.

The boss also praised youngster Josh Bailey, who made his league debut against Barnsley and gave an update on Elliott Bennett who missed the match with a calf problem.


"We lost the game in the first half. We were not sharp enough today. That is understandable considering the week we have had compared to their week.
"They had a complete week without a game and we have not had hardly any time from the Wednesday night game to turn this one around.
"We lost the game on sharpness. We did not do enough to win it, but we definitely didn't deserve to get beat. We definitely didn't deserve to get beat."
"We just weren't sharp enough. We lost the game on sharpness - nothing else. I bet today we out ran them. I bet today we have had more possession than them.
"They have only had a couple of efforts on target but we have only had one. That is the difference, we lost the game on sharpness. We weren't sharp.
"We have been the victim of Oxford having to change a game to put our game back.
"Then we don't get any time to prepare against a team that has just come down from the Championship and has a squad and probably a budget twice the size of ours.
"We had to take them on and I think we did that. We did that as manfully as we could today."
"He (Bailey) did well in the Papa John's Trophy games earlier this season.
"Jordan was tired. He is the one this week that has to go three games, back-to-back, as a wing-back. 
"He wouldn't have had to do that if George Nurse had been available.
"It's the same with the right side as well. We had more options in the right wing-back role but injuries to Julien Dacosta and Elliott Bennett means we only have Rekeil Pyke in that position now.
"We haven't deserved to be beaten today, we definitely haven't deserved to be beaten."
"It's damage to his soleus on the other leg. It's not his ankle. 
"(We are having no luck with injuries) and I don't know how to change that. I don't know how to change that.
"We have had five players today sat in the stands that could easily be in the starting line-up.
"We needed to have a squad here with more quality. We are trying to do what we are trying to do with what we have available to us. That is where we are.
"And I think we have done exceptionally well, I think the players have done incredibly well to keep going - game after game, week after week.
"Barnsley have just been relegated. And those teams that come down are always incredibly strong in this division.
"That is without chucking in the likes of Sheffield Wednesday and Portsmouth etc that have been down here for a while.
"I thought our boys were not sharp today but I understand why they weren't.
"It was a hard half-time team talk when I had to whip them a bit more.
"That's because it's really difficult for me to whip honest boys and, unfortunately, that's what I had to do today to get a reaction out of them and for them to come out there and put on the second half performance they put on.
"We were a miles better team in the second half, in fact, I actually think we were marginally the better team in the first half."


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