Barnsley caretaker manager Adam Murray has praised the mentality of his side after they drew 2-2 with West Brom, saying that their plan had worked perfectly in the first half.

Thanks to an early brace from striker Cauley Woodrow, Barnsley went in at half-time with a surprise 2-0 lead away at West Brom. However, the Baggies came out in the second half and fought back, with an own goal from Bambo Diaby and a late equaliser from Matheus Pereira pulling it back for Slaven Bilic’s side.

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Despite the draw, Barnsley caretaker boss has admitted that it was always going to be a tough game against the Baggies, praising his side’s performance. Speaking to the club’s official website, he said:

“We had a plan and a way we wanted to go about the game and, going in at half-time 2-0 up, it was working perfectly. We always knew, coming here, that we were going to be under the cosh a little bit and, in the second half, I think we’ve seen their quality.

“I’ve got to give credit to our players, I thought their work rate, energy and mindset to keep attacking to try and get that next goal was fantastic.”

Naturally, after drawing a game in which they held a 2-0 lead, there was some disappointment in the camp last night. However, Murray has said that just goes to show the mentality within the group, saying:

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“I think that’s the mentality within the group. I said it before the game, it’s an unbelievable group of players and I said to the guys before the game everything I read and everything everyone says is that they’re a young team and they’ll run for each other.

“What they keep forgetting to say is that they’re really good players and I think they’re starting to believe that now. I said to them if we start putting in the sort of performances that we did on Saturday against Swansea and on Tuesday against West Brom and carry that on for the season with that confidence and belief then these guys will be fine.”


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