Valerien Ismael was delighted with a 3-0 win over Queens Park Rangers in his first match as Barnsley head coach.

The visitors had a man sent off midway through the second half, with Cauley Woodrow netting the resultant penalty before Conor Chaplin made it 2-0 at half-time then Yoann Barbet added a bizarre own goal. 

Ismael told the Chronicle: "The first ten minutes were very difficult, QPR played very strong, but then we came back in the game and we played much better with more confidence.

"The red card was the perfect situation with the vertical game to get the ball quickly in the box. After we had a lot of control and put a lot of pressure on them. It doesn't matter if you win 3-0 or 4-0, I want the team to keep going."

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On the dismissal of Dickie, Ismael added: "It was a key moment but that is part of the game. We showed the guys at half-time situations of 11 against 11 and also ten men. They were good in the second half." 

Chaplin ended a 13-game wait for a goal. He said: "It was definitely a relief. I haven't really had a good chance this season. We were aware that we weren't creating as much as we were last season as a team. We had to find solutions and tonight there were a lot of chances, so it's something to build on. 

"We definitely feel better after that. The most important thing was to get the first win of the season, and the performance was a bonus. We had a sticky patch at the start because they started really, really well but we were dogged and we rode it out. Then we got a better and it was the right decision with the red card. 

"It was enjoyable to play against ten men but we kept the tempo up and didn't meander on the ball. They didn't sit back with two banks of four they kept trying to score. It could have been a much bigger scoreline, we could have had four or five, but everyone is delighted to get the first win on the board."

Ismael confirmed both Romal Palmer and Luke Thomas are injured and doubts for Saturday's game against Watford, which Jordan Williams is likely to miss. 

Ismael started Callum Styles in central midfield then moved him onto the left after taking off Clarke Oduor at the break for tactical reasons. He said: "Callum is a very good player. I saw on the videos and in training that he is very intelligent and understands what I want. I told him on the first day a good player plays everywhere. He played well in both positions."