Barnsley U23s are looking to get back to winning ways when they host Birmingham City in the Professional Development League on Friday afternoon.
The young Reds suffered back-to-back defeats against Wigan Athletic and Nottingham Forest in their previous outings, but have played some encouraging football over the course of the campaign so far.
“I think we can get the win,” insisted Clarke Oduor. “The boys have been working hard all week and we can just go out there and put all of that practice into action on the pitch on Friday.”
Victory for Martin Devaney’s side can lift them above the Blues, who are level on points but have a superior goal difference.
Birmingham head into the game on the back of a thumping 4-0 win over Wigan Athletic a fortnight ago, with Miguel Fernandez and Adan George both netting twice.
“There’s a lot of incentive to win,” continued the 20-year-old. “It’s a big game, but everyone is ready for it and hopefully we can do well.”
Oduor arrived at Oakwell from Leeds United this summer and has featured twice for our U23s – in victories over Cardiff City and Crystal Palace.
Both times he was deployed in a holding midfield role, but he feels he is better utilised higher up the pitch. However, the youngster is happy to play wherever needed in order to help the team.
“I’m more comfortable playing as an attacking midfielder – a bit further forward,” said Oduor. “It’s a lot more natural for me and I enjoy the game more there. It’s a good thing that I’m versatile because you can play in a few positions, which I don’t really mind.”
You can find out how our U23s fare by watching the game for FREE at the Oakwell Training Ground on Friday, kick-off at 2pm.
Alternatively, you can follow updates on our official Academy Twitter account: @AcademyBFC.
Any supporters wishing to attend this game are politely reminded not to park on Grove Street, but to park in the CK Beckett South Stand car park.