It will be grim up north for Watford says Barnsley loanee

Crystal Palace loanee Peter Ramage (left)
Crystal Palace loanee Peter Ramage (left)
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Peter Ramage is hoping his experience will help Barnsley plug the holes in their leaky defence.

Crystal Palace loan defender Ramage is with the Reds until the end of the season – and the 29-year-old is hoping to make a lasting impact at Oakwell.

“Clean sheets is what I am about and hopefully we can start getting some,” said Ramage ahead of today’s home clash with Watford.

“We have been disappointed with the goals we have conceded, but we are working hard to stop them.”

Of his own style he said: “I don’t do flicks and tricks, I am just an honest hard-working player who gives 100%. Hopefully that’s enough for people to be happy with me. I try to stop the ball going in the back of the net, that’s what I’m paid to do. If it’s a 0-0, I go off happy knowing I have done my job.”

Ramage said the Reds had a solid squad. “They are a similar group to the one we had at Palace last year. Nobody thought we would achieve what we did [promotion to the Premier], because we just had a group of hard-working players that stick together and that’s what we have here.

“I am not ssaying we can get promoted or anything like that, but hopefully we can strive to do better than they did last season.”

The Reds were beaten 1-away to Bournemouth on Tuesday and are hungry to get back on track.

But the Hornets will present a stern test. “Palace were fortunate to come out of that play-off final victorious, but take nothing away from Watford they were one of the stand-out teams in the Championship last season,” added Ramage. “They have followed that up this season too, they got a good win against Doncaster. We know it’s going to be tough but this is a horrible place to come to play football isn’t it?

“Nobody likes to come up north from the south, so hopefully we can make it as difficult as we can.”