Date: 21st February 2018 at 11:29pm
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New Barnsley head coach Jose Morais has reflected on his first game in charge – a two one defeat to Burton Albion on Tuesday evening.

Hosting the Burton at Oakwell for the midweek game and Morais’ home debut in the dug out, the visitors took a first half two goal lead and although Dani Pinillos clawed one back with 15 minutes remaining in the game, we couldn’t find that second to take a point from the tie.

Speaking to the Official Site as he held his first post game press conference, Morais was obviously disappointed with how things had gone across the game and he knew we could’ve been celebrating a hard earned point had Mamadou Thiam’s effort not been ruled out late on for offside, but he also saw a number of positives that he can work with moving forward.

Incidentally, some are now crediting Kieffer Moore with a nick on Pinillo’s effort, rather than it coming off the defender.

‘Well I can say that the first half wasn`t really what we expected to have as a start. 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 Portuguese gaffer went on to say that he certainly couldn’t fault the application or the effort of the players in the second period.

‘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. 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.’


‘If it wasn`t, probably before I believe it could have been a penalty. OK, we didn`t get the penalty and the result wasn`t what we wanted but we have our goals still in tact and we still believe in what we can do.’

With Birmingham City next up, both sides will be looking for a reaction as they fell to a five nil defeat to Brentford on Tuesday evening and Morais wants the side to start where they left off.

‘The next game is against Birmingham and it`s a very important game. It`s a team that is also struggling and all the games will be important, but this is the next game and we lost this one so we won`t allow ourselves to lose two times in a row. We will go for a win; this is a must win game.’

Reflecting on the positives and negatives of the Burton showing, he ended by saying.

‘I believe there is much more than we could show. I think that we have to do things, what I realise is that I came three days ago and the only thing that we could do until now is to encourage and make the players conscious that they could do much more and they can do even better than what they are doing, because they have the quality. They could do it in the second half and this is a very good sign of what they really can do. We are going from that second half and progressing now to a different level with players that have the character and the moment of competition that can help the team achieve the goals that we want.’