BARNSLEY defender Jimmy McNulty is loving life in the Championship and is backing himself to score more goals after his club debut goal last weekend.
McNulty bagged his first Reds’ goal on Saturday, albeit it was in vain as Keith Hill’s misfiring side slipped to a defeat at Cardiff.
But with more players returning from injury and having gone on a seven-game unbeaten run this season, 26-year-old McNulty believes the future is rosy.
“We haven’t had lots of options because of injuries, so we’d like to have all the senior players available because the squad isn’t big even with everyone fit,” McNulty told The Star.
“We’ve got quality and depth when everyone is fit. I’d like every player to be competing for their place, that’s only healthy. We deserve to be higher up the table, but then the table doesn’t lie. The fans have got every right to think we should win every game, but the realism is that a lot of other clubs in this division have spent a lot more money.
“But we’re competing with them and we’ve put in some great performances. We’re confident we can get points.”
McNulty had youth team spells with Liverpool and Everton before progressing through the ranks at Caernarfon Town, Macclesfield, Stockport and Brighton before going to Scunthorpe.
And the 6ft 2in defender has relished regular football with the Reds have been frustrated by injuries. “I don’t care where I play, I’m just happy to play,” admitted McNulty.
“The last few years I’ve been sitting in the stands, so I’m happy to be playing. The way we play football suits me. I like to play football properly whether it’s from left-back or centre-back.”
McNulty’s weekend goal was his first since his Brighton days and he admits he should be hitting the back of the net regularly.
“I’m ultra-critical of myself, every little mistake really bothers me. I’ve only scored seven goals in my career, so it would be nice to get more.”