Match-winner Josh Benson says he has been practicing his technique out on the training ground as he aims to become a set-piece specialist this campaign.
Having already come close in the first half from 20-yards, he tried his luck from slightly further out and expertly found the top corner with nine minutes remaining, adding the gloss to a fine individual performance.
“I’ve been working on it a little when I’ve been back fit – I’ve stayed out afterwards,” he discussed. “Obviously, they didn’t really go for me last season, but if I keep practicing, hopefully I can score one this season.”
It was a productive collective display from the Reds, who had to show character and resilience to complete a second half turnaround at home to Sheffield United.
Perhaps the most pleasing aspect this pre-season is the defensive structure implemented by Michael Duff, with Barnsley rarely troubled in successive Oakwell outings against Nottingham Forest and the Blades.
“We were solid,” insisted Benson. “Other than a little lapse in concentration at the end of the first half from a sloppy goal but we worked hard, and we earnt our luck really with the mistake from the goalie and a nice finish from Jack, who showed good composure, and obviously a free-kick.”
With the last of our friendlies done and dusted, the full focus is now on Plymouth Argyle as the Sky Bet League One campaign gets underway next weekend.
Benson is eager to get started and says he and his teammates are in good condition to hit the ground running in Devon.
“I’m feeling fit – it’s my first 90 minutes for a while,” he explained. “I’m feeling fit and confident, and excited for next week.
“We’re proper raring to go; it’s been a tough pre-season, but it’s been a good pre-season and we’re fit and raring to go.
“We’re feeling confident and want to get out there next week.”