Barnsley: Home form crucial to survival bid - Struber

Barnsley head coach Gerhard Struber believes his side’s home form will be crucial in their bid to retain their Championship status.

Tuesday, 10th December 2019, 8:08 pm

The Austrian has lost three of his first four games since succeeding Daniel Stendel, but enjoyed his maiden home match in charge.

The Reds beat Hull 3-1 – only their second victory of the campaign, and welcome Reading and QPR to Oakwell this week.

With Barnsley bottom of the table and six points from safety, Struber knows how important home advantage will be.

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“In Reading and Queens Park Rangers, we have a big chance for a good performance and also we play at home, our challenge is to win and we need the points,” said Struber.

“Every game is very important, and more so when we play at home when our fans support us.

“We will create three points, a good performance that all the fans when they go home can say ‘we are very proud’. Tomorrow we must work very hard.

“I think in the next month this stadium can become a fortress. When the opponent gets here, we want them to have the feeling that ‘this is Barnsley, very difficult’.”

Against Blackburn and Cardiff, the Tykes have conceded late goals to lose 3-2.

Struber knows a strong mentality is needed to consistently put points on the board.

“This is coaching, a kind of communication with the boys, and also learning in the game,” he said.

“We need a good mindset to be a winner. It is very important for my players and my staff.

“It is my job and my responsibility to create a top match plan, a top feeling, a top atmosphere in the dressing room that we can win, with my staff and assistants, together we have a very good spirit now.”