Barnsley boss defends his side’s negative approach to the game at Peterborough United

New Barnsley manager Poya Ashbagi defended his side’s negative approach in today’s Championship game at Peterborough United (November 27).

Saturday, 27th November 2021, 7:23 pm
Jonson Clarke-Harris of Peterborough United in action with Liam Kitching of Barnsley. Photo: Joe Dent/

The match finished goalless, a result that did neither team any favours. Barnsley are now eight points from safety having won just two of their opening 20 matches.

There was frustration among the visiting support as Barnsley sat back for most of the game and managed just two shots on target against the team who started the day with the worst defensive record in English football.

The awaful weather conditions played a part in an awful spectacle.

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Asbaghi told the Barnsley Chronicle: “It was a game between two teams who are struggling in teams of confidence and it was in difficult weather conditions. It was a game defined by teams working hard to defend.

“We’re disappointed because we had a feeling we could win and that did not happen. We got a point and clean sheet and we have to start from somewhere. In the last two games, we have kept a clean sheet in three out of four halves.

“That is something to keep building upon but, if we want to win, we have to improve our offence even more. We created some chances, but I know we have to create even more. This is something we can improve.

“It’s clear we need to improve our attack, be more calm with the ball in certain stages and be more direct in other stages and punish the opponent. This ability of knowing when to do what needs to improve.

“I can understand fans want us to have more in attack. But in the past that approach has been there and we concede a lot of goals and chances. When we try to build this identity, it has to be from a stable ground. “We have be a good unit then create chances from that. It can’t be that every time we create a chance we get a chance against us. Our ambition is to create more but we have to do it without conceding. Right now we’re not conceding too many chances against us.”