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Mark Burton Looking Ahead to Crewe

19 February 2015

Barnsley caretaker manager Mark Burton talked to the media this afternoon ahead of Saturday's match against Crewe Alexander at Oakwell.

"I've seen a reaction from the players this week in training after last weekend's match against Crawley. It's hurt them and they are looking forward to a positive performance this weekend.

"I've had a full week with the players and they have responded very well with what myself and the staff are asking for in preparation for the match against Crewe.

"The players will be 100% committed to the cause. We know the fans are hurting as were the players, but it's up to us as players and staff to really put in a performance for the fans and to really lift them. Let's not go the other way and get the fans to lift us, we want to go out and lift the fans with a performance full of passion, desire and commitment, getting at teams and attacking teams and doing it the way we believe it should be done.

"If we make sure we do things right we will move back up the table regardless of what other teams are doing.

"I've spoken to the players in depth. We've had individual conversations and group discussions post match to see how we can move forward and cut out the mistakes. 

"For myself personally I've loved every minute. It's a new experience for me. Of course I'm learning. It's been a roller coaster week but I'm privileged to be the manager of Barnsley Football Club at present and I'll do my upmost to get the best out of the players to get a result for the weekend. 

"I've been on the Ponty End, on the Old Brewery stand as a fan. I know what the fans expect. They expect hard work, desire, passion and commitment and if you get beat they can take that, I can take that, but what they don't expect is the team folding and not doing what they should be doing.

"Leading Barnsley out is fantastic. I've done it as a player. I've captained every side, albeit for 60 minutes for the first team at Bristol City when Gerry Taggart got sent off. I'm now managing the team which is a massive privilege, but it will only be the cherry on the top of the cake when we get the three points otherwise it's all irrelevant. We need three points and we need a good performance."

On the loan signing of John O'Sullivan from Blackburn Rovers Mark Burton said, "He is a dynamic player, quick and attacking minded, and he has desire and youth on his side. He has only trained with us today, but he has done very well. John has integrated well into the squad and he will be in the squad this weekend. 

Looking ahead to Saturday and selecting the squad Burton said, "We've got to look at the opposition and come up with a formula to play against Crewe and then see what players fit into that. We need to respect Crewe, but if we do the things we know are right and keep the shape good and when we attack we do it with pace and get after teams we will win games. We will win games with the personnel we have here.

"Peter Ramage is unlikely to feature this weekend, but he will certainly be with me on the bench. Sam Winnall is not ready either, but the rest of the squad is fit and healthy.

"We went to Doncaster the other night to watch Crewe and you can see the quality they do have. I know Steve Davis well when he played here. I know his style and he has turned Crewe around into a decent outfit. There are flaws in every team and we will try and exploit them this weekend."

Watch the full interview on Barnsley Player

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