Barnsley: Patrick Schmidt delighted after netting late winner for Reds

Patrick Schmidt has spoken of his delight after finally scoring a goal which made a difference to Barnsley.

Monday, 23rd December 2019, 1:08 pm
Sky Bet Championship. Barnsley v Bristol City. Barnsley's Patrick Schmidt battles with Bristol's Callum O'Dowda. Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe 1st November 2019.

The Austrian striker netted a last-gasp winner at Millwall on Saturday which secured a crucial 2-1 victory for the Reds.

Schmidt's second strike of the campaign moved the Tykes to within one point of safety in their battle to retain their Championship status.

His first came in his sixth appearance for the club, but it proved to be nothing more than a consolation in a 4-2 defeat to fellow strugglers Stoke.

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He waited another six outings before finally making the impact that he and his team needed, leaving him over the moon.

“I was very happy to get my first goal for the Reds, my first goal at Oakwell against Stoke, but it wasn’t meaningful in the end," Schmidt told the Reds' official website.

"But this one is not only important for the team but for myself. I have more confidence now after scoring such a big goal.

“It will keep me going I think. I want more of that. It was amazing to celebrate like that at the end, with the fans and my team-mates.”

His last five outings have all come from the bench, but Schmidt now hopes his vital goal will help him win a promotion to Gerhard Struber's starting line-up.

“I’m not a player who complains," he added.

"Of course, I want to play, I’m not happy if I’m not in the starting XI but I am a team player, I want the team to do well and I’ll help in any way that I can.

"So to come on and get the winner, I can’t be happier really, I just want to score goals for Barnsley.”