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MATTY WOLFE ON WIN OVER BURTON ALBION

18 December 2022

Interviews

MATTY WOLFE ON WIN OVER BURTON ALBION

18 December 2022

After marking his return from injury with an assist and victory over Burton Albion, Matty Wolfe gave his reaction to iFollow Barnsley.

On a freezing afternoon at Oakwell, the Reds eased to victory against Burton Albion, extending the side's winning run in Sky Bet League One to five matches.

After three months on the sidelines, midfielder Matty Wolfe was back involved and in the starting lineup to face the Brewers. He had a hand in our opener, making an advanced run and squaring for Devante Cole whose improvised finish put the Reds ahead in the first half.

"Yeah, I was buzzing," he smiled. "It was just a bit of a bonus to get the assist. The most important thing for us as a collective is three points. It wasn't a very pretty game but we got the job done and that's all that matters."

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Coming into the game, the visitors were unbeaten in their last four. Recent results included draws against both Plymouth Argyle and Derby County, two clubs who are - like the Reds - in the promotion mix in Sky Bet League One this season.

The Reds players felt they were well prepared for the Brewers, with staying patient in possession being a big focus according to Wolfe. 

"We knew they were going to sit off," he explained. "Sometimes they were in a back six defending, so it's going to be hard to get into little pockets and make things happen. We didn't rush, obviously for the goals, they just came down the sides. That's what we've been working on all week, so it was rewarding to get them like that.

"It's a lot less tense when you score. If you go in 0-0 at half-time you're thinking 'right, we're going to have to break these down'. Things start getting rushed, but when you score it takes the edge off and you can play your football and enjoy it more."

Starting a game after being out for quite a while, Matty's minutes were always going to be closely monitored within a squad that was depleted by illness and injury for Saturday's match.

The 22-year-old confirmed that the substitution was already pre-planned so as not to push things too far upon his return to the side and he admiited that he had exerted all he could in the match, before being replaced on the hour-mark.

"Yeah it was 60 minutes maximum. The gaffer asked how I felt and to be fair I was coughing my lungs up! I'd rather someone else come on who can put a better shift in than my legs could have allowed me to today."


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