Barnsley: Reds getting it right at last

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Leading scorer Chris O’Grady has admitted he and his teammates are playing for their Barnsley futures.

The Reds have been languishing in the bottom three for most of the season. But O’Grady was back amongst the goals as Danny Wilson’s side picked up six points on the road in their quest to avoid relegation.

“We’re all playing for our futures” said O’Grady. “In the context of the whole season our last two wins [at Reading and Yeovil] should probably surprise us and surprise our fans, but I’m not surprised with what we’ve achieved. Sometimes it a takes a long time to figure out what exactly works – and that’s what we’ve found out in these last two matches.

“It’s about time isn’t it! But hopefully we’ve timed things right, finding some form right at the right time. Perhaps it’s just the Barnsley way?

“Hopefully now we’ve started a run that’s going to help us stay up. The momentum is starting to build, but I suppose the bottom line is just to work hard.

“We’ve been unlucky a few times this season and under-performed quite a few times, but hopefully we’ve not identified what we need to do to get ourselves out of trouble. We showed in the second half at Yeovil how good a team we can be. We played with confidence.

“We’ve barely scored two goals in a half all season, so to score four in one half against Yeovil shows what we’re capable of and, with a bit of confidence, what we can do.”

O’Grady’s brace in the 4-1 win over the Glovers took his tally to 13 this season. However, O’Grady said: “For me it’s winning which is important.

“It’s nice to tick along with goals and play well, but to get victories is first and foremost in my mind.”

The arrival of two members of coaching staff in assistant boss Chris Hutchings and goalkeeping coach Mark Crossley has, in O’Grady’s opinion, brought a freshness to the club.

“The two new members of staff have had a positive effect,” said the former Sheffield Wednesday marksman. “It’s a freshness and it’s helped.

“Now the manager feels that he’s got backroom staff that he’s happy with.”