Markus Schopp was 'impressed' by the way his Barnsley side reacted to falling behind in their opener day 1-1 draw at Cardiff City but feels his team could have won.

Toby Sibbick netted his first goal for the club midway through the second half, after the hosts scored just after the break.

Schopp, who took charge of the team for the first time, told the Chronicle: "I am happy with the game today. To come back in an away game against a team that is so physically strong was impressive. I am really glad for the lads.

"We deserved a point, maybe we deserved a bit more but we have to keep going."

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Sibbick's goal saw him latch onto a fine pass by Josh Benson before driving into the box and firing into the bottom right corner.

The defender told the Chronicle: "It's incredible for me. For the style the gaffer wants to play, it's about being patient, sucking your opponents in and and finding the killer pass. Josh managed to find me. I took a few touches and let it go. It took a few bobbles but they all count.

"It was great to score in front of the away end, and all my family are here as well. It was a nice feeling."

Sibbick said the Reds players were disappointed not to win. He said: "We would probably have taken a point before the game but we've just been talking in the dressing room and we're disappointed not to take all three based on our performance and our chances. It wasn't quite our day in front of goal but it's a good start and we can build on it."

Barnsley thought they had opened the scoring through Dominik Frieser early in the second half but it was ruled offside. Schopp said: "I think it was just a little bit offside. We have to accept it.

"But this was one of the situations where we have to be much more decisive in the box. We had chances.

"I remember the shot of Cauley (Woodrow) and the finishes of Carlton (Morris). Cardiff also had chances but, over the 90 minutes, we had a bit more."

Schopp has promised to play a more passing style this season and his players built up from the back, but he says they had to be direct at times to match Cardiff.

"When you play the first game away in Cardiff you have to know you are playing a very strong team. We did some things really good and other things we have to work on but overall I am happy."

There were about 17,000 fans at the game with just under 1,000 in the away end.

Schopp said: "It was fantastic. Having the crowd back again makes the game different. From Barnsley to Cardiff is far so we appreciate all the fans who came. It is nice that we could get a point for them."

New signings Obbi Oulare, Aaron Leya Iseka and Devante Cole missed the game as did midfielder Herbie Kane. None of them are thought to have long-term injuries but are lacking match fitness.

Schopp said: "We have to get them in a better shape. The Championship is a tough season and we have to bring them in a better way so we can use them."