After notching his fifth goal of an impressive campaign in the 2-0 victory over Stoke City on Wednesday evening, Callum Styles believes it was a job well done against a tough Potters team.
It was a fairly even contest at Oakwell with both sides enjoying a share of the possession, but it was Barnsley who made the most of their opportunities, limiting the visitors to just one shot on target all game.
“We battled really well against a tough Stoke side,” said Styles, speaking to iFollow Barnsley. “We just had to do what we had to do; long balls came in and we had to deal with it and we did, and we got the two goals.”
Our little magician opened the scoring with a howitzer inside nine minutes as he latched onto a loose ball before unleashing a ferocious drive from 25-yards.
The 20-year-old has made a habit of scoring spectacular goals this term, having crashed home magnificent efforts against Nottingham Forest, Birmingham City and Wycombe Wanderers in the Sky Bet Championship.
“It’s just one of those; it’s similar to Forest,” admitted Styles. “I’ve just took a touch and hit it. I’d still say Forest topped it, but that was a good strike.
“My first thought was just to step onto it, get there before Alex, step onto it and just be positive, attack it and shoot.”
The victory took Barnsley up to eighth in the table and two points short of Valérien Ismaël’s primary target of 50 points.
With 15 games still remaining, there’s plenty of time to add to that tally and Styles insists that the Reds are keen to kick on and see where this fine run of form takes us.
“As a team, we’ve got four wins out of four so we’re only looking up,” he continued. “We obviously want to get to 50, but we want to get way past that and we’re looking up, being positive and want to achieve big things.”
You can watch Callum’s post-match interview on iFollow Barnsley.