BARNSLEY: Jacob Mellis tips Reds to silence the critics

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BARNSLEY midfielder Jacob Mellis is confident the club can prove some of their doubters wrong this season.

The former Chelsea playmaker bagged Saturday’s winner in the Reds 1-0 home victory over Bristol City.

And he’s confident two wins so far this term is a sign of things to come at Oakwell.

“I’ve been hearing that Barnsley have been tipped for relegation for the last few seasons, but we’re not really listening to what people are saying,” said Mellis.

“We’ve just been trying to get things together as a group and we’re working hard on the training pitch every day to make sure we deliver on matchdays.

“We’ve all settled down together and we feel as though we’re getting better week in week out. Everyone knows each other’s pattern of play, which helps.

“I like it being back up north; everyone is chilled out living here and it allows me to focus more on what I need to do on the pitch.

“Sometimes I got caught up doing the wrong things, but now I’m doing the right things. Hopefully people will see that more and more on the pitch.”

Mellis’ headed winner was a rarity for the 21-year-old who usually scores his goals with rasping right-foot drives.

He was just happy to have bagged the winner before the squad can regroup over the current international break,.

“I’ve signed a two-year deal with the club and want to play as many games as I can,” he added.