Speaking after bagging the match winner against Wycombe Wanderers on Wednesday evening, Cauley Woodrow says it was a big win for the Reds against a style of play they have struggled to cope with in the past.
The visitors’ physicality threatened to cause plenty of issues at Oakwell, but Barnsley have a steely resolve about them these days and the ability to grind out results in the face of adversity.
“It’s a game where we know what Wycombe do – they’re obviously good at that, it suits them, but we had to be up to the fight and up to the test, and we did that and showed another side to our game,” asserted Woodrow.
“Maybe last season we wouldn’t have won that game, so it shows how far we’ve come as a team. We’ve shown a really positive performance and the manager made it really clear what the game was going to be like and we executed the game plan down to a tee.”
His penalty came just after the hour mark, not long since the Chairboys had levelled through a debatable spot-kick of their own.
There was plenty of pressure in the build-up, too, as our clinical striker had seen his original effort from open play chalked off when referee, Geoff Eltringham blew for a foul on Luke Thomas.
“The referee was obviously very quick to blow his whistle, but it’s one of those things where I was disappointed that he didn’t allow the game to play on,” admitted Woodrow. “But, after that, it was down to me to get my head right and put the penalty away and I’m happy that I did that.
“I’m pleased; the team is playing well and as long as the team is playing well it helps me as an individual. I’m scoring goals and a few of them have been penalties but I’ll take them – if I score 15 penalties a season, as long as they’re going in and helping the team get positive results then I’m happy.”
You can watch Cauley’s post-match interview on iFollow Barnsley.