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The Reaction: Barnsley 0 Blues 3

Posted: Sat 30 Nov 2013
Author: Jack Burrell

The Reaction: Barnsley 0 Blues 3

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Blues boss Lee Clark and Paul Caddis give their verdict on a convincing win at Oakwell.

Lee Clark on the win:

"We've come away from home, kept a clean sheet, scored three and could have scored more. Results away from home aren't easy to come by, but I thought we were absolutely terrific today in all aspects of the game, the first-half and our attacking play, scored three but could have been more but second-half we really looked solid and resolute and didn't allow Barnsley a sniff to get back into the game.

Clark on Barnsley:

"We knew there was a bit of tension around the stadium. I was looking at the build up to the game from a Barnsley aspect and talking about it being a must win game etc. I knew if we started the game brightly and kept possession of the ball the home fans might get a bit nervous and will that transfer itself onto the pitch. Obviously when you score goals and go ahead in the game that's what happens and thankfully the game plan worked."

Clark on the goals:

"We did a shooting session yesterday and Paul finished last in it. He's proved the old adage, don't do it on the training ground, do it in the match. I thought he was outstanding all afternoon, forget his goals; he was supremely confident with the penalty too and then the big man, a great little dink. Nikola kept his cool, showed his experience and was a great finish."

Clark on the clean sheet:

"I said to the players at the end, that was just as important (as the goals), if we get into that habit of being solid and not conceding goals, we have the attacking threat to go on and win the game whether it be 1-0 or 2-0. You don't need many goals to win the game if you're nice and solid. It's good for the defenders and the goalkeeper. It means the whole team is doing their job but defenders and 'keepers are judged on clean sheets and its important and really respectful for them. I'm delighted they got it.

Paul Caddis on confidence in the dressing room:

"Yeah, confidence is high among the players but the table doesn't lie, we're still not in a pretty position so we'll keep working hard and the next couple of games we can pick up maximum points and get ourselves up the table."

Caddis on Tuesday's home tie with Doncaster Rovers:

"We need to sort this home form out and no better way to go than after winning today. We'll go into Tuesday versus Doncaster and there's no reason why we shouldn't be fully confident and fully relaxed in front of our home fans and hopefully we can put a performance on for them"

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