Daniel Farke was pleased with his side’s second-half performance after they came from a goal down to earn a point against Barnsley at Oakwell.
Josh Murphy’s strike cancelled out Oli McBurnie’s first-half effort and an injury-hit City side dominated in the second period as they went in search for a winner.
“In general I’m pleased with our performance in the second half,” Farke said. “It was a difficult game with several lads injured or ill. Christoph Zimmermann shouldn’t really play because he was sick, and normally we would rest Alex Tettey but Harrison Reed was too ill to start, so he had to play.
“In the first half we concentrated more on the defence, and it was the first appearance in several months for a few lads so it was perhaps normal that we weren’t brave enough going forward. After 45 minutes we conceded and we had to take more risks in the second half and change the system [from 3-4-1-2 to 4-2-3-1], and we were a much better side in the second half, and it was a really good reaction in a difficult situation.”
The change in formation appeared to give City more freedom to attack, with both Murphy and Onel Hernandez making a big impact on the wings.
“I think we are able to play better football when we start with a three-man backline – we can often dominate games. But today they weren’t brave enough to play football in that formation, and sometimes you don’t feel comfortable with so many injuries.
“So at half-time we realised we could be braver and dominate, and we did in the second half. It was a really good reaction, and I was happy with our performance but it should have been a win. We looked the better side when we changed the formation, and even after our equaliser we tried everything to win the game.
“I was pleased with the attitude and togetherness, and it was important to have had a reaction.”
Alex Tettey was stretchered off in the 80th minute with a foot injury, but Farke says it looked worse than it was.
“There was blood from his foot and we were really worried, but the first diagnosis is that it looked worse than it was.
“They stopped the bleeding, but he feels some pain. It doesn’t look like it’s too bad, but we’ll have to see and hope it’s ok.”