Reds Captain Marc Roberts spoke to the media ahead of the Blackburn clash this weekend.
The Reds drew 0-0 with a defensive Cardiff side at Oakwell on Tuesday night. Roberts was asked whether that’s a frustrating result for a defender because they have kept a clean sheet, but the strikers haven’t scored to win the match.
“It’s a difficult one because we do feel like we’ve done our job but we are in it as a team. It’s not just down to the strikers to score goals, we have our chances as well. I think Angus and I both had chances in the game so it comes down to the team, we win 4-0 as a team, we draw as a team and everyone is in there to do the same job which is to win games.”
Having had back-to-back Oakwell draws in the last few days, Roberts feels that the results haven’t matched the performances from his side as they go in search of as many points as possible to finish the season in a strong fashion.
“I said this to the lads the other day. We’ve been playing well I believe, but just maybe lacking that killer instinct to score goals. In the last six or seven games, I don’t think anyone would have batted an eye lid if we had won them all! That’s testament to where we have come from because if you look at the sort of teams we have been playing, not a lot of people would have given us a chance of winning those games but we have been right in there and been competitive so we just need to be a bit more ruthless going forward.”
With his Barnsley side now sat firmly in mid-table as we approach the final few games of the campaign, Roberts feels that the squad are all still fully motivated and determined to keep progressing together when he was asked whether the squad still feel motivated.
“Motivation is not a problem at all.” He stated. “All the lads in there would say the same, we all want to do as well as possible. Even the loan lads who aren’t even our players want to help us finish as high as possible and that’s all down to the attitude of the squad, the attitude that Paul and the staff put on us. That’s how we’ll go forward and take each match game-by-game like we always say.
“I heard the Gaffer say that we’re playing against a high calibre opposition and that self-motivates you as you’re there to prove you can compete against these players and these club that you are up against. For players of where we’ve come from, that’s motivation in itself.”
Following his step-up to the Championship football for the first time, Roberts is pleased with how he has coped at a higher level. The Reds captain is still well aware, however, that there are improvements to be made in his game.
“As a player, you’ve always got to check yourself, you’re never the finished article. There is always something you can get better at and that’s something that Hecky puts on us all as players, he always wants us to get better at everything. We always look at the weak parts to improve and the strong parts to get stronger! If you don’t want to do that as a player, you’re in the wrong game.
“I think I’ve done alright, I’ve made the step-up quite comfortably. It’s been a test every week and you’re playing against some good players every week, some big clubs and there is a lot of pressure but I feel like I have coped with it well.”
This weekend will see Barnsley take on a struggling Blackburn Rovers side. The towering figure of Marc Roberts was quick to send a message to his teammates about how they will have to make sure they are all fully focused in the match against an opposition side that he feels they will need to be at 100% to beat.
“They’re down there but they have got some good players. You can’t just go in there thinking you are going to win the game because that’s not enough, you’ve got to be at your best no matter what and I am sure we will go through all that today, we will be prepared right because if we are not at 100% they will punish us. They’ve got good players so we have to be on our metal, we want to win these games to move forward and finish the season strong.”
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