Cauley Woodrow says he was thrilled to be back in action for Barnsley at Oakwell last weekend.
The Reds put in a battling display against table-topping Leeds United, but unfortunately fell just short in the Yorkshire derby as Marcelo Bielsa’s side claimed all three points.
However, the club’s August Goal of the Month winner says Barnsley can take plenty of positives from the game heading into Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Nottingham Forest.
“It was nice to be back playing after three or four weeks out injured, obviously the result wasn’t the best but the performance was good and I was delighted to be back out there with the lads,” said Woodrow.
“We played really well and the way we want to play but lost the game – you can play excellently and do everything right, but teams have that extra bit of quality to win the game.
“We played against arguably one of the best teams in the league with a very good manager and we had them on the back foot for a lot of the game, but their extra bit of quality won them the game.
“But we can take the positives because not every team is like Leeds in this league and if we put in those performances then I’m sure we’ll pick up wins.”
Attention now turns to the City Ground and Sabri Lamouchi’s side, who are currently 10th in the table following last weekend’s 1-0 win against Swansea City.
Forest are unbeaten since the opening game of the season and have picked up impressive results against Leeds, Charlton Athletic and Fulham.
Victory for the hosts could see them climb as high as third, depending on results elsewhere in the Championship, while a valuable three points for Barnsley might be enough to see Daniel Stendel’s side move up to 16th.
It’s an encounter that Woodrow is relishing and he feels that the Reds can secure a win if his side play like they did against Leeds.
“They’re a massive club with a fantastic stadium and we’ve got to go there with the same mindset that we had at the weekend and put in the same performance,” continued the 24-year-old. “I’m sure that if we do that then we can come out with something from the game.”
“It’s important that we’re like that every week – obviously against Leeds it was a derby and you get yourself up for it, but we’re up for it in every game; it doesn’t matter if it’s Leeds or Nottingham Forest this weekend.
“We have exactly the same mindset because we’re at the bottom of the league now and we need to pick up points to get us out of that position.”
You can watch Cauley's full pre-match press conference on iFollow Barnsley.