Valerien Ismael is proud of Barnsley FC’s efforts and season Yorkshire News

Barnsley’s head coach Valerien Ismael in Swansea. Image: Bruce Rollinson.

For the second game in a row, Swansea broke the deadlock with a brilliant 39th minute goal off Matt Grimes following Andre Ayew’s elegant first game at Oakwell to put the Liberty Stadium team 1-0 up in the second inning and 2-0 up on the global.

Barnsley put up a real fight in the second half and eventually tied through Cauley Woodrow, but try as they might, they couldn’t add a second goal to tie on aggregate.

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Ismael said: “Congratulations to Swansea, they deserve to be in the final. When you watch the two games, they were really very clinical.

“His first shot on goal in the first leg was inside and today, it was only inside. If you score a goal you deserve it, it’s that simple.

“We did our job and we scored our goal away and we wanted to stay in the game all the time and we stayed alive and we can be proud of our performance and we show why we are not in the play-offs and it is not a surprise. We deserve to be here.

“We fought to the end and we are sure to be disappointed. But we have time to reflect on how we arrived this season with the squad with one of the lowest budgets in the league and the youngest team in the league.

“I want to thank everyone at the club and the staff for their commitment. Everyone was dedicated, the players, the background people and our fans for their support on Monday. We can be proud.

“You can imagine it was a huge disappointment (in the dressing room). But they gave it their all and can be proud. Swansea scored two goals and quality made the difference; It’s as simple as that.

“They scored in the same minute of each game and one scored, it was enough. They were really disciplined and they didn’t make any mistakes and we have to accept this.

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This notice was published: 2021-05-22 21:20:12