George Williams spoke to the press after a superb performance in a hard-fought 1-0 victory away at Yorkshire rivals Bradford City.
Williams had a tough evening against experienced winger Mark Marshall, but the young full-back dealt with everything that was thrown his way with confidence on only his third start for the Reds.
“I’m really, really happy, I’m over the moon!” Said Williams. “Two wins in a row, two different wins. We really ground it out and I’m happy to be back playing again.
“He’s (Marshall) sharp and quick, we spoke about him before the game so I had it in my mind. I tried to keep him down the line, and do my best against him.
“We rate this win really highly, it was a tough win. It’s a bit of a derby, pouring with rain and a cold windy Tuesday night but we ground it out. It wasn’t the prettiest of wins but these are the wins you need. We’re just as happy as the 6-1 versus Rochdale.”
After starting the last two matches, Williams was asked about his feelings on being back in the Barnsley side and how the new-look defence has adjusted.
Williams explained, “I’ve come in, James Bree has come in, but I feel like we looked like we’ve played together for a while. We had a lot of communication and we are so happy to get the clean sheet.
“Lloyd Isgrove helped me out on the left by working hard, we worked hard as a team including defending from the front, Adam Davies was brilliant and as a team we defended as a unit.
“It’s frustrating not playing, but that’s football, you have to grind it out and you never know what will happen. I wasn’t expecting this but circumstances meant I have been given a chance and I’m really happy to fill in, and show what I can do.
“I’ve been playing with the under 21’s and doing a lot of work off the field. The chance came up and I have to take it.”
Williams explained how he set up the only goal of the match with a pin-point cross that found the head of Marley Watkins, as well as talking about adjusting to being a right-footed left-back.
“I just looked up, saw Marley running in and put it in a good area.” He said. “He’s got a great finish on it and we were delighted to get an early lead.
“I’m not a natural left back so I’m trying to learn where I can, I’ve worked on my positioning in training and I’m getting more comfortable there.
“It’s been a really good run and we need to keep it going. You never know where you can end up with a strong run, but we need to keep taking each game as it comes. Saturday is a different challenge and we need to keep grinding it out.
“There’s a belief we can keep it going, we’re not looking too far ahead and just taking it one game at a time. We’re looking forward to Saturday.”