Jordan Williams admits there were mixed emotions as he opened his goal scoring account for the Reds on Tuesday evening.
The young full-back got off the mark as he pulled Barnsley level after the interval, but the summer arrival from Huddersfield Town was left wondering what might have been after his side were knocked out of the Checkatrade Trophy by Manchester City U21s.
Victor Adeboyejo had given the hosts and early lead before Rabbi Matondo equalised for Paul Harsley’s youngsters on the stroke of half-time. Ian Carlo Poveda put the Blues ahead, but goals from Williams and Liam Lindsay swung the tie in Barnsley’s favour before Poveda bagged his second to force a penalty shootout.
City went onto win 5-3 on spot kicks, with Colin Rösler netting the decisive penalty to eliminate the Reds at the second round stage.
“I’m happy to score my first goal but it’s disappointing to go out of the competition because you can get to Wembley, so it’s a shame for the lads and we’re disappointed,” insisted Williams.
“It’s a disappointment because I’ve got less chance of playing now but, hopefully, I’ve shown what I’m capable of and the Gaffer will have seen that and play me in the league, maybe.”
Williams had been ever present in the Checkatrade Trophy this season as Barnsley topped Group F at the expense of Bradford City, Everton U21s and Oldham Athletic.
However, the 18-year-old has been limited to just two substitute appearances in Sky Bet League One, but is patient and willing to bide his time for more first team action.
“The main aim is to get in the league team and kick on from there, hopefully,” continued Williams. “It’s good to have competition because it helps everyone get better – if you don’t have competition then you’re just going to sit there and do your own job.”
You can watch Jordan’s full press conference on iFollow Barnsley.