Barnsley: Reds have core strength - Scowen

Matchwinner Josh Scowen is certain his midfield partnership with captain Conor Hourihane can keep going from strength to strength.

Conor Hourihane celebrates his equaliser against QPR with Josh Scowen.  Picture Tony Johnson
Conor Hourihane celebrates his equaliser against QPR with Josh Scowen. Picture Tony Johnson

The 23-year-old bagged a late 89th minute winner against a rampant Queens Park Rangers side on Tuesday night to secure Barnsley six points from six.

The former Wycombe Wanderers man was over the moon at being in the right place at the right time to steal the points.

The dynamic duo have scored three of the Reds’ six Championship goals so far – with skipper Hourihane netting against both QPR and Ipswich.

Scowen feels both he and Hourihane are equipped to succeed in the second tier of English football.

“I just carried on running and luckily it fell to my feet,” said Scowen, who joined the ranks at Oakwell in January 2015.

“It was a thrilling end, I’m glad we were on the right side of it and I managed to get the goal and Conor scored a great free-kick to put us level.

“Both Conor and I are comfortable at this level. It’s been good between us and I think going through the season it’ll only get better and better.

“Hopefully we can keep bouncing off each other and keep putting in good performances for the team.

“He’s a great player. When I first signed here he was an attacking mid and now he’s sitting in front of the back four.”

The Reds head to Huddersfield tomorrow looking for a third successive victory, after an opening day defeat to Ipswich.

The Terriers are unbeaten so far in the league, beating both Brentford and Newcastle before a draw to Aston Villa in mid-week.

And Scowen is hopeful the Oakwell faithful travel in their hoards across the county to get behind the side.

“Hopefully there’s a big crowd there for the derby against Huddersfield and hopefully our fans cheer us on to another three points.

“We’ve both played well so far in the first three games and we’re both in good form.

“I think we’ve showed in all the games we’re not out of it, we’re not a long way off.

“I’m feeling confident going into the next game. It’ll be a tough game but if we can keep creating chances and cut out those little mistakes at the back then we’ll be more than capable of winning the game.

“I think going forward the boys are looking good and we are confident going into Saturday.”