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16 February 2024



16 February 2024

Having starred in Tuesday night's 1-1 draw at Shrewsbury Town, the Reds' in-form midfield maestro helped look ahead to our clash on the coast with the Cod Army.

Probably the Reds' stand-out performer in Shropshire in midweek, Herbie Kane is still disappointed knowing his side should have won against Shrewsbury Town. 

"I think we deserved more." He told us. "If you look at the chances we created and the opportunities we had we should have scored three, four goals at least."

It was Kane's injury time penalty that ensured we didn't leave the Meadow empty-handed. That was his fourth converted spot kick of the season, an eighth goal of the campaign. 

The former Liverpool man has been in impressive form for much of the season and feels the environment put together by Neill Collins and his staff has helped him find confidence.

"It’s one of my better seasons for Barnsley and I think it comes down to being a big part of the team and feeling important. I think that’s massive for a player, to feel the trust of your teammates and the staff."

The Reds head to Highbury this Saturday knowing three points is vital if they're to keep pace with the rest of the division's promotion hopefuls. 

Kane is one booking away from a two-match suspension. We asked if that would adversely affect his performance.

"In a way it does, yeah. But I’ve got experience and game know-how. It shouldn’t be a problem, fingers crossed. I'll go out and play my game."

It certainly didn't affect him on Tuesday night, voted Player of the Match online by supporters. Our number 8 feels the relationship between the team and fans is vital, especially going into the final third of the season.

Herbie explained: "The fans will play a big part in the remaining games, so need to be positive from the start, give us that lift especially when we might need it. It works both ways, we know that. On the pitch we try and be positive which makes the fans positive and vice versa."

On Fleetwood, Saturday's opponents, Kane feels the Reds are well-prepared and ready to get another positive result on the road.

"I’m confident, as should the team be. We’ve been putting in some much better performances especially away from home and hopefully can keep that going. We know what to expect from Fleetwood and I know it will be a tough game and one we’ll have to be right up for and focused."

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