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Gary Gardner: "We deserved the win."

8 April 2018

The Reds midfielder put in another impressive showing in the midfield battleground, capping it off with a superb first goal for the club and he spoke to the press post-match as the Reds beat the Blades at Oakwell.

On-loan from Aston Villa, the 25-year-old central midfielder has been a regular fixture in the Barnsley side after recovering from an injury on debut at Preston North End. 

Following yesterday's crucial victory, Gardner suggested the result was deserved, and pointed to recent performances where the Reds were unfortunate not to gain a similar result.

He told us: "Performances have been good recently, the last few weeks. I think again we've deserved the win today. We showed great character too to come back from 2-1 down and it's that which we'll need for the rest of the season."

Gardner believes it's 'about time' that he got off the mark. 

His thunderous first half strike saw the Reds 1-0 up going into the interval and he spoke about how he's had to curb his attacking ambitions slightly under Head Coach, José Morais. 

Asked to play a more disciplined, holding role since the Portuguese arrived at Oakwell, Gary admitted it limited his ability to get into shooting territory but was glad to be playing and would do whatever he was asked by the management if it helps the Reds win games.

"It was a good feeling, scoring." he explained. 

"It's about time! I've had a few efforts that haven't been good enough but today, that one was more like me and thankfully it's gone in the top bin.

"My last goal was in a derby for Villa against Birmingham ironically, but I just try every game to do my best, I give it my all and if there's a shot on goal I can have, I'll always have a go.

"I've got that in me. I like to get forward and score, but the gaffer has asked me to do a job holding the midfield and I'll play anywhere so long as we win.

"I'm just thankful we've won today because we work really hard, not just the last few weeks but the whole season and I feel we haven't been rewarded fairly at times, so today is huge and if we keep doing what we're doing, I think we'll be fine."


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