Jacob Brown is enjoying his first team involvement this season as Barnsley aim to secure promotion from Sky Bet League One.
The versatile youngster has made 16 appearances in all competitions so far this campaign and scored twice as the Reds claimed impressive victories at Fleetwood Town and Peterborough United.
However, the Oakwell academy graduate been deployed in an unfamiliar defensive role on occasions under Daniel Stendel – most recently featuring at full-back as Barnsley beat Southend United 4-2 in the Emirates FA Cup second round.
“It was different – I played there earlier in the season against Oldham and a few times in training, but I was a bit nervous at the start,” admitted Brown. “As the game went on, I got a bit more comfortable and thought I did alright in the end.
“In pre-season, quite early on, I got put at right-back in a few training drills and I was a bit confused, so I asked the Gaffer and made sure he knew I was a striker – and he did – but he tried it out and I slowly got used to it. I’ve only played it a couple of times, but I feel if I’m needed to play there, I’ll be ready.
“I’ve been asked to get forward as much as I can and I need to do my part defensively, so if I’m up on the counter I need to get back as quick as I can.”
Following Tuesday evening’s Checkatrade Trophy exit to Manchester City U21s on penalties, attention now turns to this weekend’s League One trip to Adams Park.
Wycombe Wanderers have adapted well to life back in the third tier following their promotion last season and currently sit tenth in the table – unbeaten in their last four league outings.
The Chairboys have lost just once on home soil this campaign as Southend claimed all three points at the back end of October. Since then, Burton Albion, Scunthorpe United, Rochdale, Peterborough and Shrewsbury Town have all been dispatched as Gareth Ainsworth’s side picked up maximum points in their last five games on their own patch.
“It’s going to be very tough; in the last few games they’ve got some very good results,” insisted Brown. “They’re a very good side but, if we’re on our game, we’ll get a result.”
It’s another long journey for the Reds, who also face a gruelling schedule in the New Year with trips to Luton Town, Oxford United, AFC Wimbledon, Gillingham and Portsmouth in the space of eight weeks.
However, Brown and his fellow teammates find different ways to pass the time as they travel on the coach to away fixtures – keeping themselves occupied with a bit of healthy competition.
“We have a card game going on the coach – a few of us like to play that,” continued the 20-year-old. “Other than that we’ll listen to music or play FIFA. I don’t play myself because my guy isn’t that good – especially at right-back.”
You can watch Jacob’s full press conference on iFollow Barnsley.