Barnsley: Gerahrd Struber targets defensive improvement

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Barnsley may have produced one of their best performances of the season in beating QPR last weekend, but boss Gerhard Struber has a tough week of training in store for them.

The Reds boosted their Championship survival hopes with a thrilling 5-3 win at Oakwell to leave them four points from safety.

As good a display as it was, they were still leaky at the back and Struber intends to make use of another free week to drill his defence.

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“The reality is we conceded three goals. We have to work very very hard on the training pitch in the next week," the Austrian said.

"My to-do list is long but, step by step, we will get better in our process and I hope next week we will have good performances and get more points.

“We have a free week now and the training will help us to be a more compact team in defence.

“I have a plan for the next week so that we can do that.”

Conor Chaplin took the headlines for his hat-trick against Mark Warburton's side.

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But Struber insisted it was a team performance that got the three points.

“I am very happy with Conor but I am very happy with Cauley Woodrow and my other players," Struber said.

"Every player is very important in our concept and our programme.

"My style is always teamwork but not creating for one or two players.

“We need every player and every player did a very good job.”

Barnsley travel to MIllwall on Saturday before hosting top of the table WBA on Boxing Day.