Barnsley: Struber 'proud' of his Reds team as they end long wait for victory

It has been 120 long days, the club has changed manager and there is plenty of work still to do - but Barnsley have finally won a game.

Sunday, 15th December 2019, 10:24 am
Barnsley v Hull City skybet Championship Barnsley's Alex Mowatt celebrates after he fires home the opening goal

The Reds last tasted victory way back on the opening day of the season, when optimism was still high following their promotion from League One.

It had been a miserable 17 games of toil in the Championship, but they got a victory at last with a 3-1 win over Hull in Gerhard Struber's first home game in charge.

Alex Mowatt's first-half screamer put the Reds in front and Mike Bahre's second – a confident finish - 15 minutes from time doubled their lead.

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Barnsley v Hull City skybet Championship Barnsley's Mike Bahre celebrates after scoring their second

The nerves were frayed when Keane Lewis-Potter headed Hull back into it in the final 10 minutes but Conor Chaplin's fierce drive made sure Barnsley's drought ended.

It was Struber's first victory in three games and, now only five points from safety, he can see positive signs.

“It was a very important game,” the Austrian said.

“The last days were very difficult for the mindset for my players.

Barnsley v Hull City skybet Championship Barnsley fans celebrate their win at Oakwell

"We have a clear plan for what we want and we have a very good conviction and self-confidence.

“I speak a lot in the last days with my players and I think the right plan on the field and the right character was the key for the result and the good performance.

“I am very proud of my boys and I am happy.

"I am here for ten days and this is our first small step in the right direction.”