Championship Play-Offs: What the managers needed to say forward of the second legs

As Brentford, Bournemouth, Swansea City and Barnsley put together for the Championship Play-Off Semi-Final second legs on Saturday, all 4 managers have been chatting with the media.

Right here is just a flavour of what they needed to say… 

Thomas Frank – Brentford

“I believed the primary leg was a really intense and even sport between two sides who needed to win the sport. I believe within the first half, Bournemouth had been barely higher than us, however nonetheless even to an extent. In the end although, these video games are outlined by positive margins and that’s what occurred. 

“We’re nonetheless on this sport. We knew earlier than we went into the primary leg that the consequence could be determined on Saturday and we’re very a lot nonetheless on this and we’re ready for that. 

“I’m trying forward to enjoying in entrance of our followers. They’ll be on it and I’m trying forward to the ambiance on Saturday, as a result of we’ll want that if we wish to win the sport. “Last year’s Play-Off expertise is a fantastic basis to start from and we all know what the Play-Offs are all about. It’s going to be so tight on Saturday, however we will probably be there and we’ve a robust perception that we will make it by means of.

“Well accomplished to Bournemouth after all, however we are going to come out flying on Saturday.” 

Jonathan Woodgate – AFC Bournemouth

“I believed we carried out really well within the first leg, we had been completely excellent on the counter attack, but it surely’s solely half-time. Brentford are an distinctive team and we have to be proper at it on Saturday, we will’t afford to be complacent. 

“It might possibly have been greater than 1-0, however earlier than the sport I’d have taken that scoreline. It’s half-time and we’ve solely received a slight benefit. We’ve received to go to Brentford and put in a great and skilled performance against a really good team. 

“It’s an extended approach to go, we’ve received a few accidents however we’ve received to manage that.”

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Steve Cooper – Swansea City 

“Barnsley are a troublesome side to play against and there was a chance that we might come unstuck, however we didn’t. I believed we dealt with them really well within the first leg. I’m really happy with the resilience the lads confirmed and the hassle that they gave total. 

“The primary leg was an emotional sport, it’s really good to have supporters back within the stands and I can’t wait to get back to our place on Saturday now and welcome our followers back, it’ll be a moment to savour for certain. 

“We’ve been right here earlier than, as little as 12 months in the past and a lead within the first leg means nothing in case you don’t take that into the subsequent sport and construct on it. The final whistle within the subsequent sport is an important one and that’s the place our focus is. 

“It’s in regards to the togetherness and the collective. Andre’s goal has given us a small margin of benefit heading into Saturday and his goal was a little bit of magic, but it surely’s nonetheless solely half-time.”

Valerien Ismael – Barnsley 

“Within the first 20 minutes of the primary leg, I believe possibly we felt the event a little bit bit. We didn’t play too well in transition and we didn’t put the ball within the areas that we needed. That made it troublesome to get into the sport. 

“Our second-half performance was a lot better, we had some really good probabilities and it’s solely half-time. In fact we might have been extra medical, if we wish to undergo we’ve to score goals and we are going to work really hard on that within the subsequent few days. We have to put together well and present big want to come by means of. 

“I believe it will likely be good for us to play away with none strain on us, and we are going to play like we did within the second half from the very first minute on Saturday. We’ve a great perception and a great want within the squad to turn this consequence round. 

“We’ve nothing to lose, the strain is on them to construct on the first-leg consequence. If we score one goal, we’re back within the sport so it’s solely half-time and Saturday is all about staying within the sport and enjoying well. We deserve to be right here, we’ve 90 minutes extra to offer all the pieces we’ve received and leave with no regrets.”

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You may comply with additional build-up, as well as updates on the second legs, through @SkyBetChamp on Twitter. 

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