Barnsley: Versatile Liam eager to lead Reds out of drop zone

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Liam Lawrence says he is happy to play anywhere on the pitch for Barnsley if it can help them stay in the Championship this season.

The 32-year-old, who has been played out of position on the wing in recent matches as opposed to his preferred position in the centre of midfield, is desperate for the 22nd-placed Reds to climb out of the relegation zone.

But Lawrence, tongue-in-cheek, said: “I’m enjoying my time – now I’m playing. As long as I’m playing I believe I can bring something to this team and help them get out of this situation.

“I’ve been in to see the gaffer [Danny Wilson] a couple of times and I’ve told him that. I’d rather be playing in the middle, but I don’t mind playing and just want to be playing to help this team.”

Charlton’s victory at Leeds United in midweek means Barnsley are three points shy of safety with eight matches remaining. Time is running out for the Reds to save themselves but Wilson, who has shuffled his starting line-up on a regular basis since returning to Oakwell, is convinced they are good enough to stay up.

“It’s been difficult because a lot of the lads [we’ve had to use] have not played for a long time,” he said. “There’s Kelvin Etuhu, Lewin [Nyatanga] and Jean-Yves [M’voto] who have all not played for a long time [this season].

“Liam Lawrence has not played full games for a long time and Marcus [Pedersen] has not played much so you can look at all these lads and realise they’re going to feel it [physically]. This is a very demanding league.

“But we’ll look after them and, with the right man-management, they’ll all be alright. I have faith in the players I’ve got at my disposal.”