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Late goal frustrates Stam

More communication and quicker thinking at the back needed to soak up late pressure

30 December 2017

"You don't want to give it away so late in the game," the manager began his post-match reflection on this afternoon's draw at Barnsley.

"It's happened to us a couple of times this season, teams scoring against us in extra time.

"It's simple things. They put a centre-back up front at the end so you need to mark up, defend those crosses coming in. We know that, but still it happens and they score.

"It was hard work, you expect that coming over here. It's not always easy to play the football you want to over here. Both teams need the points, so you know it's going to be a fight.

"In the first half, we could have played a little bit more, used the space they gave us to play out from the back.

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"In the second half we kept on pushing, had a couple of shots and then we scored that goal.

"It was a good attack, a great cross from Tyler and a good finish from a striker who has come  back from a big injury after being out for a long time. So scoring that goal, for him, will be a big relief.

"If we were a bit more careful and accurate with the passing, maybe we could have scored that second goal. But at the end of the game it's 1-1. And basically, not enough.

"When you are 1-0 up with a few minutes left, you know they are going to bring an extra stiker on or push a defender up there to make it difficult for us at crosses. And they succeeded in doing that, which is very frustrating.

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"It's a case of working our who is going to pick up who, defending from these crosses when they come in. You need to think quick, communicate quick, be aware of your surroundings and see how many players are in the box, and decide who is going to pick who up.

"Sometimes it doesn't go how you want it to go. It's not only us who have that problem though. But when you concede a late goal like that...we keep saying the word frustrating, but it's not a good feeling.

"At 1-0 up, we needed to defend, to work hard to keep the three points. And we couldnt do that today."


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