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Listen to Barnsley manager David Flitcroft's thoughts following Watford defeat
David Flitcroft hailed Ikechi Anya as a “wonderful talent” but criticised his Barnsley players for not holding firm after equalising on Saturday.
The Oakwell boss endured a difficult afternoon as the leakiest defence in the Championship let in another five goals to send the Tykes to a sixth defeat of the season.
“It’s difficult because it’s 5-1 and I suppose as a coach, manager you break the game down in certain stages,” said Flitcroft. “The first they score is a yard offside. The linesman’s not done his job. It’s something we’ve worked on all week and in the second half the linesman was excellent, I thought. He gave Troy Deeney offside three times. That was the disappointing aspect.
“Jason Scotland’s goal was just and you’re 1-1, you’ve got to hold firm against Watford at that point and that’s what’s disappointing. The two goals they’ve scored, it’s poor by anyone’s standard. We’ve not defended the box which as a defender, you’re not just paid to do that, you’re brought up to do that from seven, eight, nine years old and that disappoints me. The second and third were as poor goals as you’re going to see conceded at this level.”
When it was pointed out keeper Luke Steele could not be blamed for any of the goals, Flitcroft used Anya’s memorable solo effort as an indication of his side’s poor display.
He said: “You’ve got a player who’s picked the ball up 14 metres out from his own goal and run the length of the pitch and still had the qualities to score. I’ve told my players after the game that some players go out to play games. The boy Anya’s going out to play games and improve and get to the Premiership, that’s all his focus is and he’s sacrificing everything he does. I think he’s a wonderful talent.
“At times my lads are just going out to try and make do. That’s not something I profess here. I want everybody who comes to the football club to improve their own position and own standing but we’ve not done that and that’s what disappoints me, we’ve been below our standards and against a Watford team, you can’t even get away with ten per cent off. But today some players were 30, 40 per cent off the standards they’ve set.”
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