Valerien Ismael and his Barnsley side received some sort of reality check on Friday night when Bournemouth came into town and secured a 4-0 win.
While not fully played out, mistakes on the reverse and failure to take advantage of promising opportunities made the most disappointing night of Ishmael’s reign as Barnsley head coach.
The Frenchman summed it up best when, at the end of a wet and cool December evening in Oakwell, he pondered, « It’s a bad day, like the weather.
« We made too many mistakes and the opponents punished us. So we have to work on it. « . We play well, we create a lot of situations, we push very well and we make the mistakes that ruin our chance of winning the game.
“Bournemouth are one of the best teams in the league for me, but tonight it doesn’t feel like Bournemouth was much better. ”
Two of the goals in particular could be due to high profile mistakes with Dominic Solanke’s second goal being lost in dangerous territory in the first half of injury time and the final blow thanks to a misplaced pass from Herbie Kane combined with a goalkeeping error from Jack Walton.
« I told the boys that we were disappointed that we made too many mistakes, » said Ismael. “We have to accept that from the young people, but we have to analyze, but not be overly critical.
« We know our position in the table and we know what we can do as a team, what we have. This is why you have to accept when you have so many games in a season that you may have 90 (minutes) like today. ”
Ishmael admitted that fatigue, possibly both physical and mental, had played a role in these poorer aspects of performance after a third game in six days for Barnsley.
He said: « It was maybe a bit tired because the last percent wasn’t there today to win the ball to prevail like in the last two games, but it’s part of the game. « .
“I felt that on the pitch because when I watch the last two games against Birmingham or Blackburn, we are fresher in our game, in our press. We create a lot of 2v2 and 3v2 situations that we want, but in many situations we didn’t win the ball. ”
The upside of the Friday outing is that they now have the rare luxury of a five-day break between pairings and lock their horns with Wycombe Wanderers next Wednesday. The head coach said: “I’m glad that between these games and the next game we have enough time to relax and get new heads for the next game. ”
Not only did they make costly mistakes on the back, but they also failed to find the clinical grade required to score on the other end, but having gotten their fair share of promising openings, Ishmael wasn’t all that concerned.
« The good thing is that we created a lot of situations, » he said. “We created a lot of experiments, and that’s a good thing. But we have to get our reward, and that is the problem for now.
“If you put a lot of energy into pressing, winning the ball, making quick transitions, and getting your chance, you need to score. They can concede a goal, that’s not a problem, but we have a lot of quality to get back into the game. We did well on Tuesday (from behind against Birmingham). Today I think was a bad day. ”
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