Gerhard Struber says Barnsley’s players are ‘very, very frustrated and disappointed’ after a 1-0 loss at fellow strugglers Middlesbrough on Wednesday.

The last-placed Reds are now winless in 17 matches and eight points adrift of safety after conceding in the 54th minute. Struber, who has now lost both games since joining the club last week, said: “I am not disappointed with the performance but with the result. For 60 minutes we played a very good game and we had it all under control. We had big chances and we hit the crossbar. 

“The goal was a mental kick to our brain. After the goal, it was a ping pong game and our structure was not so clear. In the end we have a result that makes me not happy and the team is very, very frustrated and disappointed. We had good situations but, when you stay without points, it is a very difficult situation.”

Dimitri Cavare lost the ball for the only goal, scored by ex-Red Ashley Fletcher, then both goalkeeper Sami Radlinger and Mads Andersen slipped over.  

Struber said: “We need to learn from the mistakes. A big talent learns fast but a normal talent needs a long time. We need to learn for the next games and maybe it will take a long time.”

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Left-back Ben Williams impressed with two clearances off the line. Struber said: “He did a very very good job. He is very quick and also strong with a good defence. He’s very important now for us. 

“He was strong and aggressive which is the DNA of what we need. He has done very well in games and training, I am very happy with him.”