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Luke Thomas on Rovers test

30 June 2020

Ahead of the Rovers fixture we got the pre-match thoughts of Reds midfielder Luke Thomas.

Even the most negative person would have to admit that since the return to play, Barnsley have started well in their quest to retain their status in the Sky Bet Championship.

Thomas certainly seemed upbeat when he spoke with the press on Monday afternoon.

He reckons the two results so far have increased the belief amongst the group.

“Coming out of lockdown, playing two games, to come out with four points, I think we’d have snapped your hand off for that." Luke asserted. 

“To get two clean sheets as well, the players and staff are feeling happy about that, it helps us have faith in what we are doing, that it’s the right way forward for us.”

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Match Pass | Blackburn Rovers

29 June 2020

The former Derby County man was asked if the lockdown had been a positive time for him and his teammates, in terms of being able to reset their approach a little.

Luke was adamant that it was helpful, as it gave the squad extra time to get to grips with how Gerhard Struber wanted them to play.

He told us: “I think the enforced break has probably helped us.

“We’ve had a mental break, and then coming back in for training for a few weeks, it gave us a chance to get to know each other better, certainly the gaffer.

“It gave us the opportunity to understand better, the style of the manager and his staff, what they want from everyone.

“The first two games and results we have to be pleased with.”

With limited game-time in the two matches played so far, Thomas isn't getting down. 

He believes he's capable of operating in this new system and admits that others have done well, so he must remain well versed and ready should his own chance present itself.

“I think I’d see myself in the number 10, in terms of this system.

“Elliot has been very impressive in the two games, and Cauley is very good in that role too.

“But I’m happy to play wherever, I’ll be ready when called upon and hopefully can help us continue the forward momentum.

“Everyone wants to play, I’ve had minutes here and there and I want more. But I’m well prepared and I know that I’ll get my chance.”

Match Previews

RoversPreview

29 June 2020

The Reds have been everyone's favourites for relegation from day one. 

And despite two positive results earned thus far since returning to play post-COVID-19, Barnsley remain a dark horse in terms of battling their way out of the bottom three.

But Thomas isn't having any of that.

“Nobody here thinks we are going to get relegated," he responded.

“We’re all full of belief, we’re motivated for these next seven games and want to make the fans proud of us as a team.

“Being relegated would be awful, but I’m not thinking about that.”

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Struber Pre-Rovers

29 June 2020

Tuesday evening's visitors come to Oakwell with a four point gap of their own to close. 

Tony Mowbray's Rovers are chasing that final playoff spot, but come into the game off the back of a 2-0 defeat at Wigan at the weekend.

Luke believes it will be another tough challenge for the Reds but suggests the players are ready to put in a good performance come 6pm tomorrow night.

“We know Blackburn have a fighting chance of the playoffs, they’ve a squad full of good players but we are feeling confident going into it.

“I know we have thousands of our supporters watching us, urging us on from home and hopefully we put on a show for them.”


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