Speaking after our convincing 2-0 victory away at Brentford on Sunday, Conor Chaplin echoed Valérien Ismaël sentiments about Barnsley earning their rewards for another tremendous performance.
The Reds were imperious from start to finish in west London as Thomas Frank’s side were unable to cope with their visitors’ sheer physicality and high pressing tempo.
“We’re very happy,” stated Chaplin, speaking to iFollow Barnsley. “It’s a massive performance but we’ve had quite a few of those against the top teams and not had the reward to go with it. To come to a place like this and a team like this with great players individually and structured really well, as well, to come here and get a reward is massive for us.”
Displays against the division’s better teams over the course of the campaign have been promising for Barnsley, who are steadily acquiring a reputation as one of the Sky Bet Championship’s most unpleasant sides to face.
It is testament to the hard work that goes on behind the scenes, the character and togetherness within the dressing room and the desire to continue improving.
“We’re confident when we come into these games because we know the level of performance we bring,” insisted our forward. “I think, consistently, against these sort of teams – the clubs that are up there in the Championship – we’ve been good; we’ve been in the games and we’ve been close.
“But, other than the Watford game at home, we’ve not taken three points or as many points as we’d have liked. The performances give us confidence, but at the end of the day we want three points, so everyone is so happy that we’ve got that.”
Chaplin opened the scoring against Brentford as he bundled home from inside the six-yard box after being picked out by a delightful Callum Brittain cross.
That was his third goal of the campaign and first since our 2-0 victory at Derby County back in October, and he is eager to add more to his tally in the coming weeks.
“I’ve been disappointed with my return since the last time I scored – it’s been a bit of time since I last scored,” continued Chaplin. “The season hasn’t finished; I’ll judge it at the end of the season. There’s a lot of football to be played and a lot of goals to be scored, so it’s a confidence booster for sure.”
You can watch Conor’s post-match interview on iFollow Barnsley.