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PRESS | Kieffer Moore

5 April 2018

Barnsley striker Kieffer Moore is confident that the team’s momentum will not be interrupted following the postponement of Monday’s trip to Nottingham Forest.

The Reds face Sheffield United in the South Yorkshire derby at Oakwell on Saturday, looking to build on Good Friday’s 2-2 draw with Bristol City.

“What’s done is done now, and we’ll just take our momentum into Saturday for the derby,” said Moore.

“It was annoying because we prepared - we were in Nottingham ready to play the game. It’s disappointing to be called off because we wanted to carry on our momentum from the game. But it’s been rearranged for a good time and it may benefit us.”

The Blades have struggled for consistency of late and have fallen out of the Championship play-off places, but remain one point outside the top six.

Despite Barnsley slipping into the bottom three, Moore insists that the spirit within the camp remains high and that the players are focussed on the task at hand.

“We’re all upbeat - we know what we have to do,” continued the striker. “We know it’s going to be a big ask, but we know what we have to do and it’s going to be a fight, but we know we can pick up points and we need to turn out performances like that and hopefully we’ll get the three points.

“Pressure is part of football; if you can’t deal with pressure you shouldn’t be a footballer. I think all of our concerns are to go and play for the fans, show them that we care and that we do want to do right for this football club.

“This could be the biggest seven games of our careers. No one wants to go down and we’ll fight ’til the end.”

Moore opened the scoring against Bristol City on Friday - his third goal since joining the club from Rotherham United in January.

The 25-year-old has featured heavily in José Morais’ plans since the Portuguese Head Coach arrived at Oakwell in February, and the striker is enjoying a consistent run in the team.

“All I think about is scoring; I’m happy to score, but I’m also happy to help others score and get assists,” said Moore.

“You never know if a manager will take a fancy to you or not, but I’ve just worked really hard in training, got my head down and I’ve been lucky enough to stay in the team the whole time and hopefully the performances have shown how grateful I am for that.”

United came out on top when the two sides met back in August, with Billy Sharp’s first half goal proving to be the difference at Bramall Lane. Angus MacDonald and Leon Clarke were also both shown straight red cards on a fiery afternoon in Sheffield.

Victory for the Reds on Saturday would provide a platform for Morais’ side to build on in a bid to boost their survival chances.

“It’s going to be a good game,” insisted Moore. “Hopefully it’ll be an electric atmosphere. Having watched them previously, I can see us turning them over and using the three points for our benefit.

“I can’t reiterate how big the fans are for us; they’re our twelfth man, and when they support us the way they do it gives us that lift.”

 


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