Cameron McGeehan has spoken with the media ahead of the Sky Bet League One clash with Coventry City this weekend.
The midfielder is pleased to be back playing after spending three games in the stands following suspension, but he insists the break has replenished him as we enter the final weeks of the season.
“It was frustrating to be out and miss those three important games but the lads did well," said McGeehan. "It was a good week, five points from three tough games and watching from the side it was good. These things happen in football, you can look at the positives though and realise you’ve got a good chance to relax and rest up ready for the run in. Myself and Browny [Jacob Brown] looked at it that way."
McGeehan’s return was against Walsall last weekend. The Reds’ number eight admits it wasn’t the best performance from the team or himself, but it’s a results driven business and that’s what truly matters.
“I think when you’re trying to get promoted and you’re up there, you can’t always expect to be 100% at it. We didn’t have our best performance, in fact it was probably one of our worst performances, but we hung in there and got the win. It’s the business end of the season, that’s the most important thing.
“Jack [Walton] put in such a good performance and Ben [Williams] cleared one off the line, that was so important because when we did get the big chance, Browny was there to tuck it away so it was credit to the other lads for keeping us solid so we could find that chance. It’s a kick up the back side for us, we’ve got seven games to go now and we need to get the performances back as well as the results, it’s a reminder to everyone that we need to be at it every game.”
There was further good news this week, as the box-to-box midfielder joined fellow teammates Adam Davies, Ethan Pinnock and Alex Mowatt in the EFL’s ‘Team of the Season’ for 2018/19.
“I’m very proud, it’s really nice to get that recognition, so to be involved with some of your teammates as well is great, I think there could have been a few more of us in there to be honest! It’s great for the Gaffer as well. It’s his first year over here in English football and if you look at the challenges he’s had, losing our CEO, assistant and a couple of players, he’s helped us all to stick together and it just carry on with what we needed to do. It’s a credit to him, credit to the players and a credit to all the staff that are here for us to get these awards.”
Now the focus is Coventry. The Reds have an opportunity this weekend to further the gap between nearest promotion rivals Sunderland and Portsmouth, with the two of them facing off in the Checkatrade Trophy final. Although they will have games in hand, it’s points on the board that are on the minds of the squad.
“Coventry are a big club. We struggled against them last time, we lost one-nil. We’ve got a point to prove on this one, we want to get it right, it’ll be a big game but they’re all big until the end of the season. Obviously, Coventry have got some really good players and we need to be wary of that but we know that if we turn up on the day and come alive, we can beat them, we want to show what we can do.”
You can watch Cameron’s full press conference on iFollow Barnsley.