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Marcel Ritzmaier previews Royals trip

28 February 2020

Marcel Ritzmaier says Barnsley are approaching every game between now and the end of the season like a final as they aim to secure their Sky Bet Championship status.

The Reds travel to Reading on Saturday looking to make it four consecutive wins, having hit form at just the right time while those above start to crumble.

However, the midfielder also believes that actions speak louder than words and is urging his side to continue their fine performances – starting this weekend at the Madejski Stadium.

“It’s another big game for us – every game is a final now, we have to look at it like that,” admitted Ritzmaier. “Put everything out there, everything on the line. Every player is giving it their all.

“We believe we will stay up. But it’s about doing it, not saying it. In recent games our performances speak for themselves and it’s about maintaining our form.

“But there is a great feeling in the changing room, everyone is together and has trust in the staff and the way we approach this next 11 games that will determine our fate.”

Ritzmaier made his return from injury as Barnsley beat Middlesbrough last Saturday, coming from the bench late on before making another substitute appearance against Hull City in midweek.

The Austrian has looked impressive since arriving at Oakwell in January and is keen to pick up where he left off as he adapts to the demands of English football.

“It’s a tough, physical league,” continued Ritzmaier. “I noticed that straight away. But I settled in very fast, there are good people at the club who’ve made the transition easier for me.

“But I feel good. I am getting more used to things, but the injury came at a bad time. I’m happy it wasn’t serious and I can now play my part in getting the club wins and points.

“I would like to score my first goal, but the team performance and result is all I care about really. If I can get my chance tomorrow, I hope to impress our fans and help us get three points.”

You can watch Marcel’s press conference on iFollow Barnsley.

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