Leeds 2-1 Barnsley: Post Match Reaction

“The players are disappointed in there but my message to the players is that there are more positives than negatives from that performance.

“The two goals we conceded we’re really disappointed about but the way we played, especially as the game wore on, we’re really pleased with.

“I think the lads enjoyed how they played second half because it was a little reminder about what they are about and how they can pass the ball and the energy we can play with and how we can get on top of teams.

“It’s important that after the international break we carry that forward.”

“Credit to them, they defended excellently, we asked for more crosses in the box and as the game wore on, we did get more in there.

“We had five crosses first half and 15 second, that’s what we’re about. It’s a good number but they defended them well and got bodies behind the ball.

“They could afford to do that because they had a two goal lead which is a problem,” 

“They’ve been doing well of late and showing a lot of discipline, keeping clean sheets and getting bodies behind the ball and wait for you to make the mistake. We kept our patience really well first half and that’s why we’re gutted it was a set piece that cost us in the first half.

“The way they are playing at the minute is something that they’ve changed and they’ve been successful with it.

“They’re difficult to break down and when they get the lead, even more so. The way to do it is playing quick, dominating and winning the ball back as quickly as they can.”

“Both teams gave everything, it was a cagey first half which was a tactical element of it, they were waiting for us to make an error, we were trying to be patient. I thought we had the better of the opportunities until the goal and then the second half it opened up a bit.

“I’ve just been told there was a suspicion of offside for the second goal but I’ve not seen it myself, I was more wary of our defenders and their positions.”

“I’ve just said to the players we’ve got 16 points from the first 11 games and we’d have snapped someone’s hand off for that.

“We’re about getting better so now it’s about taking more than 16 from the next 11.

“We’ll work hard at the start of next week, have a couple of good days and then they’ll have a break just like they did last international break, and then we start again,” 

Paul was talking to www.barnsleyfc.co.uk