After bagging his first Sky Bet Championship goal since October during our 3-0 victory over Fulham, Jacob Brown feels it will be a timely boost for his confidence.
The Reds’ forward was his usual high-octane self in west London; harassing defenders and breaking the lines, and he was instrumental as he won the penalty which led to the opening goal before adding one himself.
But, while he may not have been on the scoresheet as much as he would have liked this season, he has certainly been at his creative best, registering eight assists for his teammates.
Brown is now eager for Barnsley to kick on and finish the campaign strongly to ensure they finish outside the bottom three come May.
“It’s been hard for me and the team, recently, because performances haven’t been as good as we know they can be and I’ve not scored in a while,” said the 21-year-old. “So, to finally get a goal, it’s helped my confidence.
“The games are getting less and less each week and the run needs to start now. Obviously, it’s brought us closer to the other teams and we’ve got some big games coming up, so we’ll take each one as it comes.”
Speaking of his first league goal since netting at Huddersfield Town four months ago, Brown admits that he acted on instinct as he saw Marek Rodak charging towards him.
It was almost a carbon-copy of the move that saw our ‘star man’ win the first half penalty as he was hauled to the ground by the Slovakian ‘keeper.
“In the first half, I knew that the centre-backs were getting really high and there was so much room in behind,” continued Brown.
“When I saw Cauley get the ball, I just ran forward into space, looked and the ‘keeper was running straight at me, so it made my decision for me and I was buzzing. I didn’t know if it was going in or not – it looked a bit slow, but I was buzzing.”
You can watch Jacob’s post-match reaction on iFollow Barnsley.