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Hourihane: "We stood up to what they threw at us."

10 December 2016

Reds captain impressed with the manner in which the side secured back-to-back wins.

Reds captain Conor Hourihane feels securing back-to-back wins for the Reds will give them even more confidence heading into the festive period.

Barnsley face Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday before travelling to Cardiff next Saturday, followed by three games in a matter of days.

Despite the victories, he feels the side cannot afford to get carried away and must remain focussed on the difficult run of games ahead.

He said: "Games come thick and fast in this league and we're well used to it by now. We've had two very good results but when we wake up in the morning we'll be focussed back on Tuesday.

"We'll be preparing right and we're looking forward to what should be a good game on Tuesday night.

"We've had two big wins back-to-back and we've fought hard for them. We've been doing a lot of work on the training ground and its been paying off on the pitch which is pleasing.

"We're going into the festive period as it creeps up on us with a lot of confidence so why cant we go on a bit of a run and keep picking up points.

"Before the Birmingham game we were slipping down the table a little bit and people were starting to look below us rather than above us and it shows how quick football can change with back-to-back wins against two good sides.

"People are starting to look up now and they're big, big wins for us."

Reflecting on this afternoon's showing, the Irishman thought the side showed excellent character to win ugly.

He thought the side stood up to a side boasting Premier League experience and more than held their own against the Canaries. 

"I thought we played really well in the first half and got two very good goals," Hourihane remarked.

"In the second half we started OK, the goal was disappointing and it put us on the back foot and we had to stand up strong to them and defend well.

"We'll take good confidence out of that because we stood up to what they threw at us and got a well deserved win.

"We haven't won ugly in a while and we always seem to win when we're playing well, but the second half was a bit ugly.

"You take them just as much as winning pretty."

The goal helped to end Hourihane's recent goal drought and he was pleased to end it, especially in the way which he dispatched the ball into the top corner.

"I hadn't scored in a little bit, I've been setting up a couple of goals but always in the back of my mind I know I haven't scored in a little bit.

"To get another one today was pleasing," he added.

The manner in which the Reds went about securing the three points is something that pleased the midfielder and he feels they can continue to thrive on that performance.

He also feels that the victory at Oakwell has helped to end any doubt as to whether the Reds are capable of winning at home, as well as away.

"We haven't had that in a while so grinding a game out is just as pleasing as winning pretty. We stood up strong against a good side with some good players, and a lot of them have played in the Premier League.

"There's good confidence to take out of that.

"A lot of people were starting to talk about the fact he hadn't won at home for a while and there were little rumblings of when is the win going to come.

"To win today against a good side is very pleasing," he added.

Hourihane praised the efforts of midfield partners Josh Scowen and Sam Morsy for their contributions throughout the 90 minutes against the Canaries.

He added that they have been a big part of the club's recent success and are great players to have alongside him.

Hourihane said: "Josh can play in a number of positions and you know what you're going to get out of him. He works hard and is one where when your back is against the wall, like it was second half, you want standing next to you.

"Credit to him, he can fill in in a few places which is pleasing and he makes us a little bit more solid and he has been a big part of the last two wins.

"To have the two lads next to me, you always feel like you're protected and we spoke about being a bit more solid and getting one or two of us into the box, especially at home.

"The last couple of games that's been paying off and its something that we'll be looking to do."

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