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Disappointed Slaven on late setback

26 December 2019

Slaven Bilić says conceding a late equaliser at Barnsley was naturally disappointing but admits the hosts were worthy of their last-minute goal to draw 1-1 against the Baggies.

Albion led from the fifth minute against the Tykes, however a resolute away performance was undone with moments to play as Aapo Halme netted from close range for the hosts.

And Slaven recognised his side were not at their best at Oakwell. 

“It is disappointing because we conceded a very late goal but to be fair they deserved it,” said the Baggies boss.

“We went one up and then in the first half especially, but also in the second half, we had many situations where we came out of pressing and we were rushing and we were offside a few times when it was an open pitch for us and we didn’t have to rush into those positions but we did. 

“We couldn’t kill the game off and then when it looked like they had stopped creating - they have attacks but not really dangerous ones, when we felt we had made it, unfortunately we concede the goal. We are not happy that we did but we have to take the point.

“Maybe the guys are a bit fatigued. In the last few games we have had three draws and one win. We are trying to recover the players and refresh them. It is a very busy period. 

“We lost a little bit of fluidness in our game, also we have to give credit to our opponent, but we have to take it back and bring it back in our next home game against Middlesbrough.”


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