Barnsley boss says derby victory "too easy" for Sheffield United despite Reds' "awesome" late rally

Markus Schopp, the under-fire Barnsley manager, praised his side’s “awesome” late rally against Sheffield United on Sunday afternoon despite admitting the 3-2 defeat was “too easy” for the Blades.

Monday, 25th October 2021, 11:40 am

Slavisa Jokanović’s men were cruising after three second-half goals without reply. But Barnsley scored twice in four minutes, through former Blades target Devante Cole and Aaron Leya Iseka, to set up a nervy finish for the visitors, who have developed an unwanted penchant for conceding costly late goals this season.

After a cagey first half of few clear-cut chances, Lys Mousset put the Blades in command with two goals in a matter of minutes before Ben Osborn finished smartly from George Baldock’s cross for 3-0.

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It was a sixth straight defeat for Barnsley, extending their run without victory to 12 Championship games, and sent the Blades 14th in the standings.

And Schopp said: "The reaction after the three-zero was awesome. It is positive.

"It's a tough one to have a derby and be down three-zero. In games like this, it's so important which team makes the first error and we made two in a couple of minutes.

"This is not the first time - it's an ongoing story that we get beaten too easy. It's again a defeat which is totally unnecessary.

Markus Schopp, manager of Barnsley looks dejected after defeat to Sheffield United at Oakwell (George Wood/Getty Images)

"It's never easy and I know I am responsible for the situation. I try to find a solution.

"It's not good enough. It is a tough situation for all of us. I will do everything to prepare the lads in the best possible way for the next game."