Morais Looking For Birmingham Boost
Having been defeated in his home debut in the midweek clash with Burton Albion, new Barnsley head coach Jose Morais is focused on three points from our trip to Birmingham City this weekend.
We head to St Andrew's Stadium on Saturday for the clash and Morais remained confident that based on the signs he saw in his opening game in charge, the side will quickly improve and he's tipped us to 'get a result in Birmingham' this weekend.
Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media to preview the game, an upbeat Morais explained.
'I will make changes, because it`s important to make changes. I have ideas about how the game can be, because the opponent is different. I will have to make some changes according to the feelings that I have about the performance that we want and we need to achieve what we want.'
The Portuguese gaffer went on to say.
'It`s not that I don`t want to make changes, I didn`t want to - it doesn`t mean that I won`t make changes. Now, after one game with the team, I know more things and have more information and I am able to take different decisions, and this is what I will do. This is what the job is.'
With Birmingham beaten five nil by Brentford in their midweek tie, they have now lost three straight games in the Championship as relegation worries grow, but Morais knows we can't take anything for granted and we have to earn the three points this Saturday.
'They had a big defeat and they lost three points, that`s the main thing. We had a small defeat and we lost three points. The main thing is that you can win three points in the next game. It`s an interesting team; it`s a team that is trying to play football from the back - building the game from the back. They have experienced central defenders, with good leadership. Jacques Maghoma is a player who is quick, fast. Jeremie Boga is a player that I know from my time at Chelsea.'
Further assessing their side and showing he'd done his homework, he went on to say.
'Sam Gallagher is an interesting striker, Cheikh Ndoye is an interesting midfielder. They have an experienced goalkeeper in David Stockdale, so I know enough of the team to be aware of the situations we can face in the game and this is what I will inform my players, for them to be ready for all the situations they can expect in the game. I`m not thinking about Birmingham and the way they are thinking. I`m thinking about how we think and they way we think to have the right mindset to achieve the points we want to achieve.'
The focus is on Barnsley picking up the three points and him registering his first win so we begin pulling away from the bottom of the table ourselves.
'I believe we can get a result in Birmingham, I believe we can get a result in Hull, I believe we can get a result against Derby. I believe. I believe that they are very, very important games. I believe that we have a kind of excitement to say lets do what we have to do, lets really go for it and challenge ourselves in terms of what we can do.'
In terms of team news, Matt Mills will miss the game having picked up an ankle injury but Morais can welcome a couple back to contention.
'Matt Mills will be out for some days. This is the only one. He twisted his ankle and it`s swollen, so he will be out of this game. He`s an important player and I believe that we have others who can do the same job and I`m happy that we have replacements for players who are injured, because it`s normal - it can happen. We have another player, Adam Jackson, who is ready to play, Matty Pearson is also another one. Ethan Pinnock is not ready because he just came back from injury, but we have solutions.'