Barnsley: We must learn from Blackpool frustration says Hourihane

Conor Hourihane
Conor Hourihane
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Barnsley midfielder Conor Hourihane has called for the club to learn lessons from a frustrating away draw with basement boys Blackpool.

The Reds dominated the Tangerines in the first half and led 1-0 by the seaside in the duo’s League One encounter.

But the visitors conceded a 55th minute leveller and had to work hard to cling on for a point.

“We need to learn our lessons, if we’ve got aspirations of doing well this season then we needed to be winning games like that,” stressed Houirhane.

“I’m quite disappointed to be honest, I thought we played well especially in the first half. I thought we should have won the game.

“We had a lot of possession, but we probably didn’t create enough chances for the amount of possession we did have.

“And in the first half, when we were well on top, well we could have done with that second goal to make sure of the victory. It was disappointing to have only scored one goal.

“We all know Blackpool have had their problems off the pitch, but we knew they had 11 hungry footballers on the pitch who wanted to win a game of football.

“And they proved that in the second half and made it harder for us.

“Maybe towards the end we could have nicked it, but at least we’ve got a point and we’re two games unbeaten.

“It’s frustrating, but we have to learn from it [this type of result]. A lot of people are saying we’re a young team, so we’ve got to learn quickly from it and take it on the chin.”

Hourihane bagged his second goal in as many games and is already been watched this season by Roy Keane, the Republic of Ireland assistant boss, with a potential international call-up in the offing.

And the former Plymouth playmaker wants to keep adding to his tally with the chance to finish the Reds’ leading scorer for the second successive season.

“I’ve scored three goals now which is great – and part of my game is scoring goals,” reflected Hourihane.

“There’s goals in our team, which is important.

“The goals are being spread over the team, but it’s nice when I score.

“We’re playing very good football at the minute. We’ve got very good footballer and we’re playing good pass-and-move football, but if we can top up in the final third I think we’ll be alright this season.

“This league is funny, anyone can beat anyone. We have to be on it week-in, week-out.”