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Markus Schopp issues Barnsley rallying cry after Nottingham Forest defeat

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Markus Schopp insists his Barnsley players need to “step up” and “take more responsibility” after their defeat to Nottingham Forest last night.

The Tykes took the lead inside 19 minutes, when Cauley Woodrow won a penalty, got up and fired beyond Brice Samba.

But the hosts weren’t nowhere to be seen in the second half, as an electric Forest display saw them leave Oakwell with all three points.

Brennan Johnson beat the offside trap twice to set up Philip Zinckernagel for an open goal, before finding the bottom corner himself moments later.

Two goals in seven minutes turned the game on its head, before Lewis Grabban tapped in at the far post to secure the three points.

It is now no win in eight for Barnsley, with Schopp insisting that his players need to “step up” and “take more responsibility” going forward.

He told the Yorkshire Post: “This is about us and we have to find better solutions. And we will find solutions. They have to step up and take more responsibility.

“Right now, this is a tough one for all of us, but my experience says that in this situation things can happen in a positive way and we have to handle the situation as a group and not as individuals.

“Last season, with a couple of guys, nobody knew about them and they are now well known and teams are finding different solutions and now it is up to them with their quality to find their next solutions. We have to support them as much as possible.

“We know it is a tough situation, but I know the guys want to find a way out.”

The Verdict

Barnsley’s performance was flat last night and the way the second half panned out was just weird.

You have to look at the manager there, as at half-time, they were good value for their lead and had done well in the closing stages of the first half.

They played with so much intensity under Valerien Ismael last season, but that isn’t being replicated at the moment, and he surely can’t have much time left.


Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

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