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Patrick Schmidt reacts to Millwall victory

Striker reflects upon vital win

22 December 2019

Having grabbed a dramatic late goal at The Den, Patrick Schmidt was in buoyant mood when speaking post-match.

Match-winner, Patrick Schmidt was delighted that his side finally achieved success on the road when he gave his post-match thoughts.

“I’m just so happy really, I can’t find the words!” Schmidt enthused when he spoke to the media following the victory in the capital.

“We’ve worked the last months and weeks so hard, and we have had so many good games but not got our rewards and the points. But today we showed we can turn things around.

“It wasn’t a good first half from us. But we hung in and then Chaps (Conor Chaplin) puts us ahead with a beautiful goal. I had a feeling we’d get the win today. It might not have been our best performance, but we take three points and the feeling is amazing.”

The Reds had travelled to London on the Friday and Patrick referred to their evening meal and a fateful incident with the man who set up his last minute winner.

“It’s weird because yesterday, at dinner, Luke (Thomas) was the last in line for food, and I said you go ahead but tomorrow you have to give me an assist. And then in this game it happened just like that, so I’m very, very happy.”

The goal was his second for the club having netted in a defeat to Stoke City recently.

But this one meant much more to the Austrian U21 international, as he explained.

“I was very happy to get my first goal for the Reds, my first goal at Oakwell against Stoke, but it wasn’t meaningful in the end. But this one is not only important for the team but for myself.

“I have more confidence now after scoring such a big goal.

“It will keep me going I think. I want more of that. It was amazing to celebrate like that at the end, with the fans and my teammates.”

The goal for Schmidt must now be to force his way into the starting lineup under Gerhard Struber.
Having started away at Blackburn Rovers in his countryman’s first game in charge, Schmidt has since had to settle for a role on the bench, but he’s hoping he can be more involved and have more special moments in front of goal.

“I’m not a player who complains. Of course, I want to play, I’m not happy if I’m not in the starting eleven but I am a team player, I want the team to do well and I’ll help in any way that I can. So to come on and get the winner, I can’t be happier really, I just want to score goals for Barnsley.”


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