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FRAIZER: WE KILLED OURSELVES IN THE FIRST HALF

11 January 2020

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Fraizer Campbell reflects on Barnsley defeat

- Fraizer Campbell looks back on loss to Barnsley
- Town striker insists the team were below par in the first half
- Watch the full interview on #HTTV

Huddersfield Town striker Fraizer Campbell insists that a poor first half display cost the Terriers following the 2-1 loss to Barnsley at Oakwell.

Town found themselves behind going into the break following Alex Mowatt’s goal for the hosts. Conor Chaplin doubled the lead after the interval before Lewis O’Brien pulled one back for Town shortly after.

“We killed ourselves (in) the first-half. The amount of effort we gave was miles off what we expect, every time we cross that white line, we expect to give 110% and we were well below par first half.

“We were slow, we knew they would be a physical side who tried to play the direct ball. We had been working all week on how to stop them playing and how to hurt them most, but none of that was put into play in the first half.”

The Terriers switched to a 4-4-2 formation at half-time as well as introducing Florent Hadergjonaj from the bench Steve Mounié in search of a response from the first half display.

“Steve came on, he’s been playing well of late and he was unlucky not to start the game. He came on today and did really well.

“We gave ourselves a mountain to climb but we came out in the second half, were better, we were pressing for another goal, but we didn’t get it.

“We had to put in some sort of a reaction from the first half, we knew it wasn’t good enough. We had to prove not just to ourselves that we’re better than that, but to the supporters that came down.”

Town’s intensity on the pitch looked to have lifted in the opening exchanges of the second 45 before Conor Chaplain’s goal doubled Barnsley’s lead. The striker insists that O’Brien’s quick response gave the whole team a boost going into the final 25 minutes of the encounter.

“We were working a lot harder in the second half. We got a sucker punch but responded quickly and it gave us a lift. The fans were even louder than they were, and it looked like we were going to get something at the end.”

In total, there were 4,436 travelling Terriers in the away end at Oakwell for the game; Town’s highest following away from home since the 2016/17 Play-Off Final at Wembley. Fraizer was disappointed to not be able to reward them at the end of the game.

“Personally, I’m gutted. 5,000 fans travelled down to support the team and for half of the game we gave them nothing to cheer about.

“But they’re brilliant. They stuck by us in the first 45 and were even louder in the second 45, so we thank them for their support.

“We have to stick together, dig deep and we’ve got a lot of games left – we’re going to need them.”

You can watch the full interview below on #HTTV.


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