‘I told the guys we’re not travelling five hours here and back to lose’: Barnsley boss Valerian Ismael reveals his fury at half-time as his side battled back to win at Bournemouth to boost play-off hopes
- Barnsley found themselves 2-1 down at half-time against Bournemouth
- Manager Valerien Ismael ripped into his team during the half-time break
- Goals from Dominik Frieser and Carlton Morris helped Barnsley to victory
No tea cups were harmed in the brutal half-time dressing down that sparked Barnsley’s comeback, but Valerien Ismael did confess to losing his temper.
Trailing Bournemouth 2-1, the Tykes’ impressive recent run of results and sixth position in the Championship were in danger of being squandered.
Whatever head coach Ismael, 45, shouted had the desired effect as goals from Dominik Frieser and substitute Carlton Morris flipped the game on its head and handed Barnsley a five-point cushion to the Cherries in seventh.
Valerien Ismael was unhappy with his side’s first-half performance against Bournemouth
‘He was a bit angry, he screamed a little bit,’ said Austrian midfielder Frieser, who also played under Ismael at LASK.
‘I’ve never seen him like that. He was angry because he knows how good we are. In the first half we stopped playing. But it was good because the second half was unbelievable and we won.’
Ismael has excelled at Oakwell since his appointment in October, lifting Barnsley from 21st to an unexpected shot at reaching the Premier League for the first time since 1997-98.
After a half-time rant Barnsley came from behind to win in a boost to their play-off hopes
Dominik Frieser said he had never seen the Barnsley manager react like he did at half-time
‘I was a little bit loud,’ admitted the French boss. ‘I needed to give a signal to the guys that we don’t travel five hours here and five hours back to lose. It was the first time I’ve been really angry. But the second half, with the mentality, desire and conviction, was a brilliant performance.’
Bournemouth led through Arnaut Danjuma and Dominic Solanke goals after Michal Helik’s opener but didn’t show up after the break as Barnsley made it 11 unbeaten.
‘A lot of bad things were said afterwards,’ said Danjuma. ‘There is no excuse in such games. You just need to win.’
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