Wide-man Jordan Green made his return to the squad at the weekend and he spoke to us about that and the Reds' defeat against the Hatters.
The former Yeovil Town man made his return to the Barnsley first team fold with a substitute appearance at half time in Saturday’s 3-1 defeat to Luton Town.
Whilst a positive note for himself after a return from injury, it was however the opposite for the team as a whole. He told us post-match: “Obviously everyone is down, it’s the first time we’ve lost at home in such a long time. We have to bounce back now and learn from it.”
The Reds made life difficult for themselves as they conceded two goals inside the opening five minutes of the game, making it a hard task to get back into the match against a fellow League One promotion side. “It was an uphill battle from five minutes in," explained Green.
"It was always going to be hard after that to grind out a result.
“They’re a good team as well, we know that. Maybe a couple of us were switched off. We have to learn from that looking forward.”
It was Jordan’s first appearance for Barnsley since the final game of last season after time out on the sidelines with an injury. Despite the result, he was glad to finally get minutes on the pitch. “It’s my first game since coming back from injury, all you can do is give it your all when you’re out there. Try your best.
“It was my first game in the Championship, and it was tough. But, we know it’s going to be tough. And all we can do is give It 100% every chance we get.”
Reds boss Daniel Stendel brought Green on at half-time alongside Ben Williams as he looked to get his side back into the game. But it was in what would seem an unfamiliar position to the natural winger, as he was brought on at right back.
“I’ve actually been working on that position in training, and I feel alright there, I get to see more of the ball so I like it.”
Barnsley are yet to find a win since that impressive display against Fulham on the opening day of the season but Jordan reassures that everyone in the squad is calm and positive about their chances this season: “It’s known that we have a young team, not many of us have played in this league before and there has been a lot of new signings. Once we start gelling and everyone understands the gaffer’s philosophy I think we will do a lot better.
“He’s being very patient with the players, letting people learn his style of play. Because it is very different, but it will happen soon.”
The Reds travel to Wigan Athletic this coming weekend, looking to gain their first away win of the season and putting the past week’s disappointments behind them.
“We all know it was a bad performance, everyone can see that, but it’s just about going again. There were some positives in the second half, and it’s just about taking those into the next game.”