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Mowatt: "We want to be in the top two."

23 October 2018

Alex Mowatt is keen for Barnsley to continue to meet expectations when the Reds travel to Shrewsbury on Tuesday evening.

Although it is still early days in Sky Bet League One, the table is starting to take shape and Daniel Stendel’s side currently occupy one of the four play-off spots as they aim to secure an immediate return to the second tier.

With Saturday’s defeat at Charlton Athletic still fresh in the mind, Mowatt wants Barnsley to respond at Montgomery Waters Meadow and pick up a crucial three points.

“We want to react; that’s what we need to do,” insisted the Reds’ midfielder. “As a team, we want to be in the top two and get promoted. If you have a game where it doesn’t go your way, you need to react in the next game – you can’t let it affect you.

“We were in Sunday and did post-match and how we thought the game went; we thought it was just one of those games, but we’ve got to put it past us and go again against Shrewsbury.

“We’re expected to win every game now and want to get promoted – that’s the standard that we’ve set. The fans do as well, so they’re right behind us and want us to do well and they’ve been fantastic.”

Squad depth will be crucial to Barnsley’s promotion aspirations this season, with injuries and sheer volume of fixtures set to test the resilience of the team.

However, the emergence of Victor Adeboyejo, Jacob Brown, Jack Walton and Ben Williams has been an added bonus for Stendel and the coaching staff, who are able to put their faith in these young stars.”

“All of the young lads that have come in have done really well,” said Mowatt. “Jacob has had a good run in the side now from playing well and I think Ben had a good debut and a good start to his career, too.

“I think when Jack has come in he’s done well, as has Victor. They all train hard every day and deserve their chances.”

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