Schopp tells Reds to be more 'creative and clinical' at in-form Stoke
Markus Schopp has called on his Barnsley team to be 'more clinical and creative' as they visit in-form Stoke City tonight from 7.45pm.
The Reds did not have a shot or corner in the 3-0 loss at Bournemouth on Saturday.
Schopp told the Chronicle: "It's so important that we start finishing. When I look at how many moments we can make a chance but we lose the ball, we know we have to be so much more clinical and creative in the last third. We have to be better."
Stoke have won four of their six games so far this season, drawing one, so are third in the early Championship table.
Schopp told the Chronicle: "Stoke is a team who wants possession and have forward with a lot of quality. They are trying to press high and they are very dangerous with set pieces.
"We are prepared, we had a good training session on Tuesday and we have a lot of answers for how Stoke play."
Schopp added: "It's a good team who started really well this season. They have quality and they know how to attack very high. They are strong with set pieces and we have to think about this. We go there to Stoke to learn but also to take points.”
Stoke have Barnsley academy product Jacob Brown who moved to the Potters a year ago this week and netted on the opening day of this season as well as in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Huddersfield Town.
Former Barnsley captain Adam Davies has not started in the league this season but has kept goal in two EFL Cup games.
The Reds’ last trip to Stoke was in October last year under caretaker Adam Murray when Elliot Simoes and Dominik Frieser put the visitors ahead twice but they were pegged back and could not find a winner after Nathan Collins was sent off.
Barnsley beat Stoke 2-0 at Oakwell in February with Callum Styles’ stunning early opener followed by a late Daryl Dike goal.
The Reds have won four times in 30 games at Stoke, losing 17. They won in 1926, 1987, with Mick Clarke getting the winner, 1989 thanks to Steve Cooper’s goal and 2007 with Istvan Ferenzi scoring. The clubs have met 62 times, with Barnsley winning 22 and Stoke 23.
Midfielder Josh Benson will miss the match after testing positive for Covid-19 while Ben Williams joins Obbi Oulare, Mads Andersen, Jordan Williams and Carlton Morris on the injury list.
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