Hard-working O’Brien tips season of success for improving Reds

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JIM O’Brien is confident the foundations now in place at Barnsley can only lead to success this season.

The Reds winger has been having a campaignto remember since being given the chance to shine on either the right or left flank.

And the Scot’s seemingly limitless energy has been a key ingredient to the club’s rise up to 14th in the Championship table, their highest position so far this season and a place which saw them sitting just three points off the play-off positions after last weekend’s fixtures.

The Reds had been due to host Crystal Palace at Oakwell, but the Eagles’ extended run in the Carling Cup has meant the match will now be played next Tuesday.

“If we all work hard then we’re going to do well because we’ve got quality in the side,” O’Brien said

“We’re just trying to take every game as it comes, but it’s been excellent ever since the gaffer [Keith Hill] came in.

“I was always going to take a bit of time for the new players to settle, but they have now and we’re starting to see the benefits of that.”

O’Brien set up Portuguese striker Ricardo Vaz Te for the club’s first goal in Saturday’s memorable 2-1 Yorkshire derby win over Leeds United at Elland Road.

And the former Motherwell and Celtic playmaker has been happy to be the creator of many more chances and goals this term with the Reds blossoming under new management duo of Hill and assistant David Flitcroft.

“The lads were outstanding against Leeds, we thoroughly deserved the win,” reflected O’Brien.

“It’s up to us now to keep working hard and trying to push up the table, I believe we’re more than capable of doing that.”