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Smallwood: ‘It’s not good enough’

23 February 2022

Captain Richie Smallwood was disappointed that the team were unable to build on their last two performances away from home as they fell to a 2-0 defeat against Barnsley.

The Tykes netted twice in the opening 45 minutes through Callum Styles and Carlton Morris, and that was enough to send them home from the MKM Stadium with all three points.

“It’s just gutting really that we managed to put in a performance like that after the standards we’ve shown over the last few games against really good teams and really big clubs fighting for bigger things,” said Smallwood.

“It’s not good enough or acceptable. Luckily there’s another game (in a few days) and we’ve got to go again.

“We knew what kind of side they are. They’re a hardworking side with a lot of young players. We knew that they could turn up on the day and cause problems. They certainly did that because we didn’t deserve anything from the game.”

Over 16,000 supporters were in attendance at the MKM Stadium, and Smallwood was gutted to not be able to send them home with something to shout about.

“They came out in their numbers which is what we need,” added Smallwood.

“We’re thankful to them. It’s just a shame we couldn’t give them anything to cheer about. I remember the atmospheres against Blackburn (Rovers) and Swansea (City). It fired us up (on those occasions) and it’s a shame it didn’t fire us up tonight.”

The Tigers will now be looking to respond against Peterborough United, and Smallwood says it will be another tough game.

“It’s another massive game,” explained Smallwood.

“I’m pretty sure we won’t put in another performance like that, because if we do, we’ll get beat. I’m sure we’ll regroup quickly, analyse this one, and go out on the training pitch and put it right. We know it’s going to be tough, so we need to stand up and be counted.”

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