Barnsley: Gerhard Struber still believes Reds can stay in the Championship

Barnsley head coach Gerhard Struber still believes his side can avoid the drop despite their grim position.

Thursday, 12th December 2019, 2:22 pm
Sky Bet Championship. Barnsley v Reading. Barnsley's head coach Gerhard Struber. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe 11th December 2019.

The Reds are bottom of the Championship and sit seven points from safety.

Wednesday night saw them drop two points on home soil against a lacklustre Reading side, as Cauley Woodrow’s goal was cancelled out by former Sheffield Wednesday man Lucas Joao.

"The table, at this moment, is not so important,” said Struber.

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“Every game is important and every game we show we can create a good performance but, in the end, we need points.

“I am very hopeful (of picking up points). The performances are good and we need a little luck when we get in front.

“I think this is important that we are very focused in every situation. I am hopeful that we can create a very good performance on Saturday.

"I think the performance, especially the first-half, was very good.

“We created a lot of chances and were a little unlucky for the goal.”

Despite dominating and taking the lead on 57 minutes through Woodrow’s eighth goal of the season, Struber’s side failed to clear a poor corner and conceded an equaliser 15 minutes from time.

"I am not happy with one point,” he added.

"We needed to focus on their goal and one or two players didn't do that.

“It's a situation we can learn from because we are a very young team.

"When you look at this game, it’s normally that Barnsley have three points but this is football.

“I am very hopeful for the next games that we can win and have a victory on Saturday.

“In the second half, it was a ping-pong game and no team had control of the game.

"We had the mindset at the end that we must win, which is positive.”

Saturday sees the Reds back on home soil when they welcome QPR to Oakwell.

Rangers sit 12th in the table but are on a high after two straight wins.

Mark Warburton’s side followed up last weekend's 2-0 win over Preston with a midweek away win at Birmingham by the same scoreline.