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Brown: "We've got massive confidence."

19 February 2019

Jacob Brown insists Barnsley are full of confidence and go into every game believing they can win.

The Reds host Burton Albion on Tuesday evening looking to extend their unbeaten run to 13 matches, while also securing a seventh straight Sky Bet League One victory at Oakwell.

“We’re in very good form and we want to win each game as it comes; we’re playing very well and picking up some good results,” said Brown. “We want to focus on ourselves and get the three points, and when other teams around us are dropping points it’s a massive boost.

“When we’re playing at home, a lot of teams come and sit off a bit and it’s been hard to sometimes get through. But, recently, we’ve found the keys to unlock the padlock and we’re managing to get those good results. I think it shows how much we’ve improved in recent weeks.

“With how hard everyone is working in training and when we get out on the pitch, if we can keep that up, because we’ve got massive confidence, we know we can get the win.”

Nigel Clough’s side currently sit 12th in the table and are unbeaten in their last five league outings since a 3-2 loss at home to Gillingham.

Barnsley, meanwhile, can close the gap to leaders Luton Town at the summit and potentially extend the gap to Portsmouth and Sunderland depending on results elsewhere.

However, Brown feels it will be a tricky ask against the Brewers, who have shown their credentials against higher opposition en route to a Carabao Cup semi-final appearance this season.

“It’s going to be tough, no matter who comes to Oakwell but we just want to focus on ourselves, play our attacking style and we know we can get the goals,” continued the Reds’ forward.

“We’ve been defending well of late; one of our game plans is to start well. If we get off on the front foot and put pressure on teams then it’s hard for them to get into the game.”

A number of impressive performances saw Brown nominated for the Sky Bet League One Player of the Month award for January.

The 20-year-old scored once and laid on five goals for his teammates, but displays over the course of the campaign have seen him quickly become a fan favourite – so much so, that the supporters have created their own song for him!

“The first time I heard it, it was at Gillingham – the ball went out of play and I looked over to the bench and Jack Walton was sat there laughing at me!" exclaimed Brown. “It’s a bit mad hearing the fans singing about me, but it’s good.

“It’s a massive confidence boost when the fans sing your name; you just feel like you want to do well and impress them. You go on your phone after and see that people have been singing songs and sending them to you.

“Each game I want to give something to the team – whether it’s a goal or an assist, I just want to keep that up and I know there’s a lot more improvement to come. I want to keep doing well for the team.”

You can watch Jacob’s full press conference on iFollow Barnsley.


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