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Barrett: "I was proud to be on the sideline with that performance"

Our caretaker manager on three points over Leeds

5 October 2019

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Adam Barrett has lauded an "outstanding" display as his first game in caretaker charge ended in an impressive 2-1 win over Leeds United at The Den.

Jed Wallace's penalty, followed by Tom Bradshaw's first goal on home soil saw The Lions race into a 2-0 half-time lead, with Ezgjan Alioski's consolation not enough for Marcelo Bielsa's team.

"I thought it was fantastic energy from the lads. The first half was outstanding and we thoroughly deserved to be 2-0 up at half-time," Barrett says.

"We had the worst start to a half we could possibly have straight after half-time, it made it nervy, but we looked to settle ourselves down. Of course, the last 24-48 hours have been quite emotional for everyone at the club, and I think you could see the tiredness late in the game.

"They took the handbrake off late on with 10 men and made it difficult for us, but I thought the shape was superb, Bart was rarely tested and with a bit more composure, we could have taken the chances we had in the second half. For Neil and David too, I was proud to be on the sideline to give them that performance."

The caretaker boss goes into further depth in his analysis of the performance, and credits the team's effort to fight for the badge.

"We obviously didn't have long to prepare, but we were in yesterday and we had the gameplan to get after them, get the punters on their feet.

"I just think the lads gave everything, particularly in the second half when we were mentally tired, and to a man we were outstanding. I'm so, so proud of the boys in there, against a top team in Leeds, a very good side. You could see their quality throughout, but the way we dealt with them and caused them problems I'm extremely proud of.

"We dominated towards the end, yes, and that just shows the work we do behind the scenes. We have tremendous backroom staff here, and the detail that goes into preparing the players is excellent. Leeds had an extra day to prepare and had more rest than us, and events of Neil and David leaving have obviously taken their toll - they were such a huge part of the club. So, to produce that performance showed great character. It shows what it means - we fought for the shirt."

Barrett finally touches on his personal take on an emotional past 48 hours, and exhibits his gratitude to former manager and assistant, Neil Harris and David Livermore.

"I really enjoyed the responsibilities today. Neil and David brought me to the club and I've loved every minute of working with them. They've been fantastic to learn from, and I thoroughly enjoyed leading the side. I felt comfortable, I wanted a response out of the lads and we got that.

"I'm forever grateful for the position Neil and David have got me in, and I loved it today. The place was rocking with the supporters, and we all really enjoyed it."

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