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Gardner: "We can win any game."

26 February 2018

The on-loan midfielder and January's Player of the Month has been in impressive form, and after another standout showing at St Andrew's at the weekend, he spoke to iFollow today to preview the Hull trip on Tuesday.

Barnsley midfielder Gary Gardner says confidence in the squad is flowing after Saturday’s 2-0 victory against Birmingham City.

The Reds travel to Hull City on Tuesday evening aiming to record back-to-back wins for the first time since the start of November in a bid to climb above the Tigers in the Championship table.

"I think there’s been confidence all year,” said Gardner. "It’s just that little bit of luck not going our way. 

"I think we can go there and get the three points. The lads are confident, the lads work hard and I think we can win any game in this league.

“We played Burton Albion here a few days before and didn’t get the result we wanted so we knew we had to go there and get the result. We worked hard and finished our chances, and I thought that, defensively we were solid, and we deserved it.

“We knew we had to go there and get a result and that’s what we did. I thought the lads worked hard and I think we fully deserved the win.

“When you go 2-0 up in the first half you always know that the opposition is going to have 15 minutes to talk about what they’re going to do in the second half. We knew they’d come out and be right at us, and I thought we handled it very well.

"I thought the defensive unit was very solid and  could have nicked one or two on the counter attack, so it was a very good away performance.”

New Head Coach José Morais is still settling in well at Oakwell and, after encouraging signs in the second half against Burton, led the team to a crucial three points at St. Andrew’s.

The Portuguese is slowly implementing his philosophy as the Reds look to boost their survival bid with another victory at the KCOM Stadium.

“He [Moraias] hasn’t had much time really - we’ve only had a few training sessions because of the games,” continued Gardner.

"We changed to a three in midfield, which gave licence to me and Brad Potts to push on and work off Kieffer Moore. But it worked very well and I think it was a really good away performance.

“He’s laid down what he wants us to do. We’ve had a good few meetings and he’s got everything across as much as he can. Obviously with the new gaffer coming in, he’s tweaked it a bit and thankfully helped us get the three points.

“I think we can go into any game and win; we’re going there to win tomorrow. When the weekend comes we want another three points; that’s how we’re looking at it now. We just want to win as many games as possible."

 


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