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Kalas reflects on Barnsley loss

Tomas Kalas has called on his team-mates to find the confidence needed to turn their fortunes around after a 1-0 loss at home to Barnsley.

This was a seventh straight loss in all competitions for City, though Kalas felt there might have been enough in the game to earn a point before Carlton Morris’ 67th-minute goal.

Captain Kalas led the team defensively by example with three tackles, two interceptions and clearances as well as a blocked shot as his team tried to find a way back into the game.

Watch: Tomas Kalas post-Barnsley

 

It's up to us

“Everyone watching the game can see where the problem is,” Kalas told Robins TV. “We know it, we don’t threaten the opponent enough or at all. It’s frustrating we put bodies on the line, defending for our lives and then we still can’t create much.

“We haven’t got a big squad and we have to somehow get it out of ourselves because nobody is going to do it for us.”

Kalas goes into the challenge

Searching for confidence

City could only muster one effort on target and had to shut out Barnsley’s attacks for long periods.

Despite moments of improvement, the Robins ultimately failed to open up their visitors and when asked why City struggled going forward, Kalas said it came down to confidence.

He said: “It’s difficult to put a finger on anything. If I started talking to one player or another they say ‘why this?’, ‘why that?’, I think it’s lack of confidence at the moment, probably because we look like we’re going to go forward then it’s a misplaced pass or a bad touch and it puts you on the back foot.

“Then you’re defending for five minutes and when you try to go forward it happens again. The confidence has to come from within the dressing room and it’s my responsibility and that of the senior players to pick up the younger ones and ourselves. Nobody is going to do that for us, so we have to do it.”

He added: “I’m sure we would have scored from a set-piece as well if we had created anything. We’re defending so many set pieces that it naturally comes to conceding sometimes.

“Today we weren’t sloppy in our defending, the luck just goes on the other side. If we go for it the luck goes to your side and I think we aren’t going for it as much as the opponents.”

Paul Simpson and Keith Downing have taken charge of the first team

Turning the tide

This was the first game with Assistant Head Coaches Keith Downing and Paul Simpson in joint charge of first team duties, with Downing calling on a more attack-minded performance which ultimately didn’t come to fruition on the day.

The players will take on board their feedback but Kalas believes it is down to the players themselves to turn the tide.

He said: “They’ve done what they thought was best for the game and if that goal didn’t go in I think it would have been 0-0 and we move on with a point on the board. Sometimes in a scrappy game you hold your hands up and take 0-0. There’s not much they can do at the moment, they can tell us where to improve or to add to our game but then it comes down to the players themselves.”

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