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Post Barnsley | Matt Taylor

24 October 2023


Post Barnsley | Matt Taylor

24 October 2023

Salop fell to a harsh and frustrating 3-0 defeat away at Barnsley on Tuesday night.

Matt Taylor's men went 2-0 down in 23 minutes and in controversial circumstances.

Firstly, Barnsley were awarded a penalty for a harsh handball decision against Carl Winchester before Shrewsbury should have been awarded a spot-kick of their own, but the hosts went up the other end and doubled their advantage.

The boss met with the press to reflect on a frustrating evening in Yorkshire.

On the game:

"(It is frustrating) very much so. They've scored from a penalty which in my opinion and I would say that of all the people here tonight supporting us, wasn't a penalty.

"I don't quite understand or know what you're meant to do when your arm is by your side and the ball is smashed at you from five yards away. I'm at a loss as to what you're meant to do with that.

"And if the ball does hit your hand, how are you meant to get your arm out of the way, even if it is inside your body?

"So I'm quite surprised at that.

"After what I felt was a good start, we concede that penalty and then we don't get a penalty - which I'm amazed with - and what happens, they score on the counter-attack. 

"Everything in terms of the decisions tonight went against us. Was that the reason we lost the game? No, we lost the game because when we had really good opportunities, especially in the second half, we didn't take them.

"That is the difference between what I think is the top, the middle and the bottom of this league.

"You see they have one opportunity in the second half from a counter-attack and their centre-forward scores.

"Look, it's a difficult one to take especially after the high of Saturday. So what we can't do and what the players won't do because they won't be allowed is feel sorry for themselves.

"Tonight I felt we started the second half really well, we kept control of the ball, made a substitution - we changed a couple of things at half-time to try and get more control in the game and I felt that worked.

"If we'd have scored at that point, we'd have gone on I think, but look, we didn't and then against good teams, because Barnsley are a good team with very good attacking options, you're always facing an uphill battle.

"I don't believe the 3-0 scoreline reflects my team's performance."

On Jason Sraha:

"You ask me this every week and I come and see you guys after speaking to the players. 

"Jason has an ice pack on it and I think and hope it is more precautionary than anything else. 

"Since he has got in the team he has been really consistent. 

"Again we probably will not know the extent of that until I see you guys on Thursday ahead of Saturday's game. 

On Town's performance:

"The performance level was good, it's just that final third cutting-edge detail that we did not get right tonight. 

"Having said that, I don't think the first goal is a penalty, and the second goal comes directly from Mal Benning being pulled back in their box. 

"They scored from that and Chey cannot make a tackle, he has been booked, and that is what makes tonight difficult. But Barnsley are a good team and they are at the top of the league for a reason. 

"They have got fantastic options all over the pitch. 

"But this game gives you the chance to put that right and perform well against Wigan."

On the busy schedule:

"Yes, but it is the relentless nature of this league and this division. 

"If you want to compete and you want to be successful you need to make sure that away from home you are consistent. 

"At home we have been producing performances, now we have got to do that and they need to reflect well in results away from home."

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