Thu 04 March 2021 | 11:52

Ismael: ‘It was a lucky moment for us because it changed the game’

Barnsley boss Valerien Ismael believes the course of the game changed when he changed his entire front three during the game against QPR.


were able to secure their sixth consecutive victory after winning 3-1 against


on Wednesday.

Alex Mowatt’s free-kick restored their lead after Charlie Austin scored the equalizer four minutes after Daryl Dike's opener.

Then, Carlton Morris was able to seal the win for his side by scoring in the 57th minute of the game.

Valerien Ismael

has a reputation for changing his entire front three during the games and it obviously paid off in their last game, according to

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“We were feeling some tiredness in the second half and that’s why we made the change with the front three,” he explained.

“It was always my thinking to do this when we have five substitutes. We have the possibilities.

“It was a lucky moment for us because it changed the game. We then scored with our first chance and after that, it was about managing the game.”

It is their first time since 100 years ago that Barnsley have been able to win six consecutive second-tier games.

Ismael said: “It’s a reward for the hard work the players put into games and for the staff and background people who are very involved. It’s about teamwork.

“But the job is not done. The season is not finished as 13 games remain and we have to stay focused.

“We want to keep moving in the table but the most important thing is to stay focused on the next game.

“We’ll see what our position is at the next international break, but at the moment it doesn’t matter.”

QPR manager

Mark Warburton

admitted that their loss is because of failing to take two early chances as Charlie Austin fired over and Lyndon Dykes was unable to put away Todd Kane’s cross.

“Barnsley are very good at what they do. They’re direct, commit bodies forward and take risks at the back,” Warburton said.

“We had to time our runs and not play to their strengths. In the first 10 minutes, we did that and created a couple of great chances. We’ve got to get our rewards.

“At 2-1 down we’ve got to be patient, make sure we impose ourselves on the game, and don’t play to their strengths.

“To then give away a goal like that – we’re attacking down the left and then don’t get into shape – is criminal.

“We’ve got to be better in front of goal. If you give away set-pieces and don’t take your own rewards, you pay the price.

“If you score the goal it changes the game because the opponent then has to come out and attack and we’d have space and are a team that likes to move the ball.”

source: SportMob

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