Valerien Ismael, Barnsley’s coach, was satisfied with his side’s display pushing for a 2-1 victory over Rotherham United.
took the lead early doors with two well-prepared-for goals, with the first one scored by
dancing through theRotherham
goalkeeper Viktor Johansson and the second from
Rotherham striker Michael Smith climbed off the bench to score a goal for his side and Freddie Ladapo has created a good chance to pull them level but was undone.
Ismael said: “
You see the quality from Rotherham in the second half. They believe in the principle and that is why it is never an easy game against them.
“The boys did the job perfectly in the first half. The second half was more of a fight.
“I think we played forceful in the first half and we deserved to score two goals and take the lead. In the second half it was a completely different game and we missed the possibility to score the third goal with Victor.
“We have a positive finish for 2020 but we know now that we face a tough January. We have to stay focussed and take games one-by-one
was delighted with his squad’s effort and fight till the last breath after missing many training sessions and having two games postponed due to the struggle with Covid-19 and injury cases.
He said: “
I knew going into the game it was going to be a bit agricultural. It wasn’t going to be one for the purists.
“The first chance they get, they put away. And they are very good at counter-attack and took their second goal very well.
“We were competing but we didn’t have much quality really. We changed it at half time and we created enough in the second half to come away with a point.
“On another day those chances drop in. It wasn’t to be.
“As a manager, I am really proud of them. The lads could have crumbled but they were really dogged and could have got a point in the end.”