Mark disappointed with first half showing
Town Manager Mark Robins lamented his side’s first half showing as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at Oakwell.
First half goals from Chris O’Grady and Marcus Pederson proved to be enough for Barnsley despite James Vaughan’s second-half strike.
“We were off the pace in the first half, but I felt we improved in the second and were unfortunate not to get an equaliser,” Mark told htafc.com.
During the half-time interval Robins changed Town’s shape and he explained his thinking.
“I was trying to up the tempo and make us pass the ball quicker. We needed more width to try and get at them. It was difficult to gain some rhythm; Barnsley did very well. We almost carved out the one chance we needed, but I think we were a little bit too direct when trying to find the killer ball.”
On Town’s goal, he said: “Adam Clayton’s pass for James Vaughan’s goal was as good as anything I have seen this season and James finished it superbly. We had one or two other opportunities that flashed across goal and then we started snatching at things at the death.
“Overall I have got no complaints with the score line. Hopefully it will act as a lesson to us that we have to play for the full 90 minutes.”
Robins and his players now have two weeks to prepare for Doncaster Rovers and he gave an insight into what his side will do over the international break.
“We will work hard,” he said. “Win, lose or draw you work and I will be using the time to watch some games, while taking a little breather. We will do as much training as possible; with a little bit of rest mixed in to make sure that we are raring to go come Doncaster.”