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18 July 2021

After helping the Reds to a 2-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday this weekend, goal scorer Jordan Williams says he and his fellow wing-backs are being encouraged to venture further forward and try their luck.

The 21-year-old took aim from distance and beat Owls’ stopper Cameron Dawson at his near post to give us the lead midway through the first half.

“It was good to get a goal to be fair but, to get it in that way was even better,” began Williams.

“Earlier on, I had one where I didn’t shoot and passed it inside, and I think he thought I was going to do the same and I caught him out a little bit.

“Because I’m playing on the left-hand side, the gaffer is saying to come inside more to get my shots off. He likes us to have a few shots around the box.”

Just three weeks into pre-season, you can see the new style starting to take shape with an emphasis on possession retention key to our approach.

The quick pass and move gives wide players licence to roam forward and create overloads in the final third, and Williams believes each win helps to build morale within the group.

“We’re trying to play a bit similar to last year but a bit more passing in spells, not going as long as much, and you could see that,” he continued. “We played out from the back more, into midfield and into the strikers and linked up there.

“It’s about getting momentum and wins under the belt. We’ve played two games and won two games now, so it’s good for confidence.”

You can watch Jordan’s post-match interview on iFollow Barnsley.

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