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Bree: "Let's keep pushing!"

31 December 2016

Reds defender James Bree spoke to the assembled media following the 2-2 draw with Birmingham this afternoon at Oakwell..

It was an end-to-end affair to finish the year here at Oakwell, incident-packed as both sides battled for a point. Homegrown full-back Bree felt the Reds were good value for their first-half lead.

"We were really good first-half" he said. "We dominated them, dominated the ball and didn't really give them any chances. But then we gave a sloppy goal away which isn't really like us. It wasn't a reflection of how the game was going at that point. I felt we deserved to be further ahead at the break to be fair."

The 19-year-old defender feels that the Reds have proved that they can change up their game when needed, following the game-changing sending off of Marc Roberts which saw the whole flow of the game turn on its head and Blues pull the game level at 2-2.

He said: "We really showed another side to our game, we dug in deep and I think the lads did that really well. Hecky has drilled that into us from minute one. All year really, it's been about the team. We're a strong group and we need to work hard for each other and I think we definitely do that on a weekly basis. Sometimes you can't play quality football and you have to dig in and stop the opposition."

Bree feels the year of 2016 holds special memories for everyone connected with the Club and is urging everyone to take that feelgood factor into next year and reckons there shouldn't be any limits set.

"It's been unbelievable this year. I doubt we've had many better years as a Club. But it's all about staying on the message, and trying to keep improving and seeing where it takes us. Let's not settle for where we are now, let's keep pushing and who knows what we can achieve?"

James had some final words for Club legend Norman Rimmington who passed away this week. He hopes the players did Rimmo proud with their performance on the pitch today.

"I hope so" he said. "I think he'd have been proud of us. We didn't leave anything out there on the pitch. That's what Rimmo would have expected of us. To battle and fight for everything. He's going to be missed around the place. He was always honest with us players and he used to give me advice, tell me the truth. He was a quality guy."

You can see the full interview with James Bree over on Barnsley Player HD

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