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Mellis Glad to Be Back

25 February 2014

Reds midfielder Jacob Mellis made his return from a three-match ban on Saturday against Millwall.

The 23-year-old played the first-half against the Lions to help his side to all three points, with Jim O’Brien bagging the only goal of the game.

“I was glad to be back,” said Mellis, speaking exclusively to barnsleyfc.co.uk. “I enjoyed the first half because we started well but they took hold of midfield a bit more, so I was just glad to get the three points.

“I’ve been enjoying training and was waiting for the ban to be over and was pleased to get back and get 45 minutes under my belt.

“I thought we started well in the first 20 minutes against Millwall and moved the ball around well. Then Daws (Stephen Dawson) came on for the second half and had a great game.

“The Manager asks of hard work from everyone and if they’re not doing that, they won’t play. Everyone is aware of that and are working hard together.”

The former Chelsea midfielder is looking forward to a Yorkshire derby at Huddersfield Town this Saturday, believing the Reds can return from the John Smith’s Stadium with all three points.

“I think we can go there and win the game,” added Mellis. “They’ve not been on the best of form recently. We know they’ve got some dangerous players but we know we can go there, attack them and try and win the game.

“It’s harder to enjoy your football when you’re in a difficult situation. At this time of the season - the business end - it’s more about three points. But if you can enjoy your football as well as bringing in the points then that’s a bonus. Our season is all about winning games now, it’s not about anything else."

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