Barnsley: Top-six target for Reds ace Reece Wabara

Reece Wabara is congratulated after his screamer against Swindon
Reece Wabara is congratulated after his screamer against Swindon
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Reds right-back Reece Wabara is confident his side can put together a run of results after his stunning strike helped them to a convincing 4-1 victory over Swindon on Saturday.

The former Manchester City man crashed home a cracking 25-yard drive to put Barnsley 2-1 up just before the break.

And they carried that momentum into a superb second-half showing.

“It was definitely my best senior goal,” beamed Wabara, formerly of Doncaster Rovers.

“I just had to get it out of my feet and shoot, the rest is history.

“The keeper got pretty close, I had to wait until the last minute until it touched the net and then I was buzzing.

“Momentum and confidence in football goes a long way, so after going into half-time 2-1 up we took it into the second half and scored two more goals.

“I was really impressed with the way we reacted. Sometimes with a young squad your heads can go down and people can go hiding but everyone stood up and was counted and we got back into the game and won convincingly.

“We got the win against a very good team and hopefully we can take that to Blackpool and start a run.”

Barnsley boss Lee Johnson had been urging Wabara to be more ambitious down the righ- hand side - advice which paid off on Saturday - and the 23-year-old is keen to continue having an impact in all areas of the field.

“First and foremost my job is to defend, but if I can chip in with some assists and goals that will go a long way hopefully,” he added.

“The boss wants the best from everyone and he demands it at all times and that’s good. You know that if you have a day off in training he’s going to be on you.

“He helps you to improve and when you need an arm around you he’ll give it you, so on that basis he’s really good.”

Despite an indifferent Reds start to their League One campaign, Wabara insisted that the squad’s goals remain the same, and the players and staff are all aiming for a top-six finish: “Every game we go into now the manager says we’ve got to win and it’s that simple,” he said.

“We can’t expect anything less. We can’t play for draws. We want to get promoted and everyone is on the same page so we have to demand the best of ourselves.

“We’ve got very good players and if we said we weren’t going for promotion we would be doing ourselves a disservice.”