Barnsley manager Struber says he must change players' mindset

With the halfway point of the Championship season approaching, Barnsley must be feeling punch-drunk.

Monday, 25th November 2019, 4:29 pm
Updated Sunday, 8th December 2019, 7:41 pm
Bambo Diaby, of Barnsley, celebrates scoring his side's second goal. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

They have taken some bitter blows, conceding a plethora of late goals, the latest in the 3-2 defeat to Cardiff on Saturday.

The Reds were on course for a point in south Wales after a Conor Chaplin opener and a Lee Peltier own goal were cancelled out by Bambo Diaby putting through his own net and Danny Ward's strike.

But they suffered more heartache on the road as Lee Tomlin struck in the fifth minute of injury time.

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It leaves them six points off safety and boss Gerhard Struber needing some paracetamol.

He accused his side of being too scared to go for the win after Ward had equalised for Cardiff.

“The feeling now is like being hit in the head,” he said. “I am very frustrated and disappointed.

“The mindset was not to go on and win the game after they equalised.

“We had control of the game in the first 20 minutes of the second-half, we had the lead, but after the equaliser I saw the mentality of the previous month in my players.

“The mindset was not to go on and win the game, the personality is not to go and get the next goal, many players were thinking it would be difficult.

“This change is my job and responsibility, I need to change the mindset so the players believe they can win, but now it’s only a mentality situation.

"My job now is to help the boys for the next game on Wednesday. We are going in the right direction, we are very close to winning games, it is only a matter of time."

The late winner meant Cardiff maintained their unbeaten run under new boss Neil Harris.

It took the hosts up to eighth, but meant Struber’s side remained rock bottom of the Championship.

Yet in the first half the visitors had looked the better side and created more chances than the hosts.

Afterwards Harris admitted: “Credit goes to Barnsley, I spoke before about their qualities and how hard they work and they made it difficult for us, but we weren't great.

"But I will praise my players by saying they found a way to win - and good sides find ways to win. We've got 10 points from four games so we are finding ways to win.”