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23 February 2022

Speaking after our 2-0 victory at Hull City on Tuesday evening, Carlton Morris paid tribute to our Head Coach, Poya Asbaghi, and the Reds’ backroom staff for the hours of dedication on the training ground.

The opening 45 minutes at the MKM Stadium were up there with the best this season for Barnsley, who fully deserved their two-goal cushion before defending stoically after the break.

“Were different class in the first half, I think,” insisted Morris. “It’s just a product of all the hard work that the gaffer and Feran put in and are teaching us – all the hard work on the training pitch has come into fruition in the first half.

“I thought we were excellent – we felt in control of the game – and in the second half, we just managed it and it was a comfortable 2-0 win.”

It’s our first away win of the campaign, and perhaps a timely reminder not to write this team off just yet with 14 games remaining.

There’s no doubt this three points on the road was a long time, with recent outings yielding little luck for what have been decent performances, and Morris is looking for his side to use this as a springboard moving forward.

“I’ve said it before, there’s only so much time it can go on without getting the rub of the green – we didn’t get the rub of the green; we were just the better team on the night,” he asserted.

“But there’s no reason why we can’t get our heads down now and crack on and go on a little run. I’ve got every confidence in the team, and we’ve shown what we’re capable of out there.”

The 26-year-old brilliantly teed up Callum Styles for our opener after 26 minutes before rifling home a stupendous half-volley on the stroke of half-time to double our advantage.

It capped a magnificent display for the forward, who took his tally to six for the season.

“It’s definitely the perfect night, especially from a selfish striker’s point of view,” smiled Morris, speaking to iFollow Barnsley.

“To get a goal, an assist, the three points – which is the main thing, we all say it, at the end of the day, because it’s true – and a good performance, which is nice to round it off with.”

Up next for the Reds is the visit of play-off chasing Middlesbrough this weekend in what is one of four home games in five fixtures.

Morris is hoping we can gain some positive momentum, using the backing of the Oakwell faithful to help add valuable points to the tally and give ourselves the best possible chance of survival.

“We’ve got to get our heads down and take it one game at a time, but I’m definitely from the camp of we can beat anyone,” he continued. “I don’t care who we’re playing, whether it’s the best team in the league away from home or someone who’s down there at home.

“It’s the same for me – I walk out there knowing that, as a collective, if we perform on the day, we’re capable of getting a win anywhere.

“That’s the mentality I’ll be taking and the mentality the team will be taking on Saturday.”

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

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