Barnsley: Skilful McCourt tips Reds revival

Barnsley winger Paddy McCourt in action in the South Yorkshire derby.
Barnsley winger Paddy McCourt in action in the South Yorkshire derby.
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Reds playmaker Paddy McCourt is quietly confident the Reds have enough strength-in-depth to haul themselves out of the Championship relegation zone.

A goalless draw with South Yorkshire derby rivals Doncaster Rovers on Saturday now means the Oakwell outfit are unbeaten in their last four games.

But six welcome points after a poor start to the season still sees the Reds languishing second from bottom in the table as we enter a third international break

“I think we’ve got a good squad,” stressed McCourt. “Everybody is pulling in the right direction.

“The performances have improved. The last four or five games have been good in terms of performances. Luckily for us the last few performances have seen us be able to turn those games into points.

“There’s a long way to go in saying this could be a defining part of our season, but if we can pick up a few wins against those teams it would put us in a good position. Winning games breeds confidence, so it’s very important for us when you’re playing teams down and around us in the league.”

Former Celtic midfielder McCourt has been one of the stand-out performers for the Reds this season alongside leading scorer Chris O’Grady and Stoke City loan shot-stopper Jack Butland.

And the 29-year-old is confident his best is yet to come for the club, although he refused to get drawn on his long-term future having penned an initial one-year deal with the club.

“I’m just concentrating on helping the team at the minute, I’ve not really had any thoughts about my long-term future,” said the Northern Ireland international.