Having netted his first senior goal, Romal Palmer admits it was a bittersweet moment given the circumstances in which it came.
The academy graduate, introduced as an 81st minute substitute against Blackburn Rovers, struck just before we moved into stoppage time at Ewood Park to halve the deficit, but it wasn’t enough for Barnsley as the hosts held on for all three points.
“As a kid, you dream about scoring at any level so it was obviously a good moment for me but, at the same time, it’s disappointing to lose,” said the midfielder, speaking exclusively to iFollow Barnsley. “I think we could have got more from the game but we’ll go and look forward to Tuesday – that’s all we can do.”
After battling back from a minor injury setback, the aim now for Palmer is to push on and establish himself as a first team regular.
The 22-year-old admits it will be difficult given the calibre of players in his position, but he is relishing the competition and insists his teammates help make him a better player.
“That’s it; that’s the focus since I got back,” continued Palmer. “Obviously, I know the quality in front of me so it’s going to be tough but I just need to be ready for when I’m needed.
“Even in training, it improves you a lot so knowing there’s quality in the changing room always helps you get better.”
You can watch Romal’s post-match interview on iFollow Barnsley.