Markus Schopp says it is 'not acceptable' that Barnsley lost the lead at Bristol City and suffered a seventh successive defeat but insists: 'we will win soon.'

The Reds took the lead at the Robins – who were unbeaten in 17 games since January – but lost 2-1. They are winless in 13 and second-bottom.

Schopp told the Chronicle: "We had already a couple of games where we should have had a much better result. We always have the situations of being more clinical and defending clearer. Today we were a team who did everything except five minutes before half-time. Believe me, it will turn."

He added: "The better team lost. It's not acceptable to give away a game like this. We gave the game away in five minutes at the end of the first half. We were dominating the game so easily, so it's definitely a hard one.

"Again we are taking about individual mistakes in situations where we can't lose balls. We gave them very easy goals.

"But for 85 minutes I saw a Barnsley team who did everything and created so many chances. We're almost there, I know nobody wants to hear that, but we are.

"I am the person responsible but the lads have to understand they have to find better solutions. They will, because they did it for almost 90 minutes. We will win soon."

Barnsley led 1-0 through Aaron Leya Iseka but conceded to Andreas Weimann in the 42nd minute and first half injury-time. Schopp said: "The 1-1 happened in the 42nd minute, in a period when I thought we could score the second goal. We gave balls away in an area you can never give the ball away. We need a certain leader who understands then that nothing more can happen after 1-1. The lads have to learn."

Barnsley missed a series of chances in the first half and then to equalise after the break. Schopp said: "When you are in a situation like we are, everything is hard but to get the ball across the line is the hardest one. You just have to create, create, create until you score. We could decide the game in the last seconds with a situation in the air. The lads don't understand why they lost and it's the hardest thing for them.

"The lads are hurting. I have been in situations like this as a player and a coach but the basic thing is to keep playing well and create more."

Barnsley are threatening to eclipse the eight-match losing run under Lee Johnson in 2015 but Schopp believes the form will turn soon.

"Pressure was there from the first game. We lost again, we are really disappointed. But we have to realise that something is happening. What I see is that the team is doing everything to turn it in the right direction. This is getting easier with a couple of lads coming back. But the message is we are almost there."

Schopp said he took Iseka off for Victor Adeboyejo to have more freshness up front and more aerial threat from Benson's set pieces. He said: "I am happy for Aaron because he knows where the goal is and each goals gives him more confidence."

Asked if the upcoming week, against bottom club Derby on Wednesday then third-bottom Hull on Saturday is the most important of his managerial career, Schopp said: "Yes. Even this game today for me was a really really big one. Now we face two teams in a tough situation. When we play like we did today, I have no doubt we will start winning."

Schopp confirmed Callum Styles is injured and Obbi Oulare has food poisoning, but he hopes they will return on Wednesday. Will Hondermarck, who also dropped out of the squad, is fit.

Defender Mads Andersen said: "It was great to be back. I was very excited. But I am a bit disappointed with the game. We deserved at least a point based on the chances. I think we did everything we could. The goals were annoying but there are a lot of things we can take from the game."