Kieffer Moore is looking for Barnsley to continue their fine Sky Bet League One form ahead of Saturday’s visit of Bradford City.
The Reds are unbeaten in their last five league games, conceding just twice in that run as they tightened their grip on a top six spot – with just eight points separating Luton Town in second and Peterborough United in seventh.
“I think it’ll be very tight – everyone seems to be picking up results,” said Moore. “At the end of the day, it’s in our hands and we need to focus on ourselves and win the games before we start worrying about the other teams.
“It’s lifted the lads. To get the results we did against the teams around us has massively implemented that we can do it, and it’s brought the lads even more together.
“We’ve got a massive opportunity playing teams lower down in the table and we need to string a lot of wins together to push on and get in the top two; that’s the aim now.”
Barnsley gave a tremendous account of themselves in their last outing as they were cruelly beaten by Premier League outfit Burnley in the Emirates FA Cup third round.
Chris Wood’s late penalty saw the Clarets progress to the next round at Turf Moor, and Moore insists the Reds showed what they are capable of.
“It just shows how much quality that we’ve got in the squad and that we can do it on the bigger stage; they’re a Premier League side and they do it week in, week out and we went there and put in a great performance,” continued the striker.
Bradford have hit a purple patch in the past few weeks and have turned their season around with just one defeat and four victories in their last six league games.
Add to that a renewed defensive stability that has seen the Bantams keep four clean sheets since losing 4-0 at Luton at the back end of November.
However, Moore insists David Hopkin’s side will have to be at their best to get a result from the Yorkshire derby at Oakwell.
“They’ve done well to rejuvenate their season, but I talk about our quality and not many teams come here and get one over on us,” asserted the Reds’ top scorer. “It should be an interesting game and a very good game.”
You can watch Kieffer’s full press conference on iFollow Barnsley.