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Woodrow: “The feeling is really good at the moment.”

Pre-match thoughts from the Reds' leading scorer

21 October 2019

Striker impressed by reaction against Swansea City and wants the side to further improve against table-topping WBA.

Cauley Woodrow has spoken with the press at Oakwell, ahead of Tuesday night’s trip to the midlands, where they will face an in-form West Bromwich Albion. The Baggies currently sit top of the Sky Bet Championship having played 12 games, losing just the once.

“It’ll be tough, but we go there with confidence and looking to win,” explained Woodrow.

“We’ll approach it exactly the same way as the weekend but take our chances! There won’t be many differences [to the Swansea match] as they’re top of the league as well. We won’t be scared of them, we’ll go there and give it our all, then hopefully come out with something.”

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Reflecting on the weekend draw with the Swans, who were also spoken about in the build-up as tough, table-topping opposition, Woodrow felt that the side more than matched them and, on another day, could have taken all three points.

“It was a massive positive, I think it was probably one of our best performances of the season. I think we could have won the game, but in fairness, they could have won it too. Overall, we got a good point against a team at the top of the league.”

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Despite a good performance and taking something out the match, the Reds dropped to the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship table. That is something that the squad want to rectify as soon as possible, but mentally, it isn’t fazing them that they do sit in 24th, states Woodrow.

He said: “People will be looking at us thinking we’re bottom of the league and they will come here and beat us, but that shouldn’t be the case, we’ve got a long way to go and it doesn’t matter who we play against, we’ll give our best. At the weekend before we ran out against Swansea, Muzza [Adam Murray] gave a talk and got everyone feeling really positive. It showed on the pitch.

“I think we’re still trying to play our exciting attacking football, but since Muz has taken over he has put more structure into us,” Woodrow continued. “We’ve changed the formation slightly and it has made us harder to break down. Previously, we were getting broken down quite easily. We’ve had two weeks to work on it and on Saturday I felt we were hard to beat, if we can keep playing like that we’ll get better results.”

Adam Murray remains in caretaker charge for the trip to West Bromwich Albion as the search continues to fill the vacant Head Coach role at Oakwell. Having worked with the squad for nearly 18 months now behind-the-scenes, Woodrow was quick to compliment Murray since taking temporary charge.

“He’s good, he’s been a manager before and a player as well. I really like him, he’s been really good to me and he is clear in what he wants us to do on the pitch. We’re bottom of the league, I know that, he knows that, everyone knows that, but we’ve been given some targets to hit now and it’s not impossible. I’ve said it a million times now but when we do get a win it’ll change everything. The feeling is really good at the moment and that’s without the win, so when we do get it everything will change and hopefully more will come.”


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