Chris Sang is looking to use his first goal of the Professional Development League campaign as a springboard to help propel the U23s to success.
The 20-year-old striker rounded off the scoring as Barnsley secured a convincing 3-0 win over Crystal Palace at Oakwell on Monday, and was quick to praise his teammates for their efforts.
“I’m looking to kick on now,” said Sang. “I need games and time, but I’ll keep working hard and hopefully have a good season.
“I was obviously disappointed not to start, but to come on and help the team win and get three points with a great performance is always good. We were excellent; from the back right the way through, I thought we all put a shift in as well so we’re all very happy.”
It was the perfect way for Martin Devaney’s side to bounce back following a difficult assignment at Bristol City last week.
However, Sang believes that the young Reds’ performances are reason to be optimistic in the opening stages of the campaign.
“We’ve been playing really well this season, both individually and as a team, and we think Martin has got it spot on with how we’re playing,” continued the striker.
“It was a tough game at Bristol City because they had a really experienced side out, but to come back and get a clean sheet at home and score three goals, you can’t ask for more.”
Barnsley currently sit third in the table after their first four games of the season, having scored eight goals already.
Five of those have been contributed by Elliot Simoes, who also set up Sang for his goal at Oakwell on Monday having already put the hosts 2-0 in front.
“He’s massively important,” insisted Sang. “Obviously, you look at the goals he’s scored – his confidence is up and he’s in that frame of mind now where, everything he comes across, he’ll just score or create something, so he’s massive for the team.”