BARNSLEY wing wizard Jim O’Brien believes his impressive form of late is due to “beard power”.
Scot O’Brien has sparkled in the club’s last two fixtures against Leicester and Watford.
And the usually clean-shaven midfielder is refusing to get rid of his facial hair because it’s proving a lucky omen on the pitch.
“I’m happy with my performances - I think it’s down to my beard to be honest with you,” O’Brien told The Star. “It’s beard power!
“I went home to Scotland during the international break and it was laziness to be honest why I grew it.
“David Preece has got quite a good one, so I’m trying my best to keep up with him. He’s got a few years on me, but if I stick with it then I might get one which is just as good as his.
“I’m going to keep it for now because I’m playing well. If I keep playing well it might end up growing a bit too long. We’ll have to see what happens.”
Joking aside O’Brien has been one of the star performers in a Reds’ side unbeaten in four matches.
And barring mistakes the club could have easily returned a much higher points’ return having drawn with big-spending Leicester City and, last Saturday, at home to Watford. “That felt like two points dropped, a bit like against Leicester. I thought the lads played well” added O’Brien.
“We worked hard again, but little mistakes let us down. But those things will change if keep working hard like we have been doing.
“There’s competition for places in the team and it’s helping. We’re playing the right way.
“We’re doing pretty much everything the manager wants, but it’s just little things we need to sharpen up on. It’s nice when you’re playing well, especially because we’ve played against a few decent teams.
“To go undefeated for four games is good, but it’s a points business as the manager keeps saying.”