Date: 11th March 2016 at 2:44pm
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Skipper Conor Hourihane has spoken of the challenge he feels Barnsley will be up against this weekend against Southend United.

With Barnsley and this weekend’s opponents both being in the mix for Play Off spots come the end of the campaign, whilst Hourihane knew the game wouldn’t ultimately decide anything, he knew it would be a very tough test against Phil Brown’s boys and of course the winner would get a good boost.

Speaking to the Official Site in his own pre game press conference, the skipper explained.

‘It`ll be a tough game and it has been down through the years when I`ve played them. They always make it difficult for you to play, they’re on a decent run but have been a little inconsistent. We`ve had a couple of those tough games ourselves recently in Walsall and Coventry but we`ve come through on the right side of those games. We`ll be looking for the same sort of result against Southend, they are a hard-working side but we`ll be looking to pick up the right result.’

As for the run that Barnsley have found themselves on of late with only one loss since the turn of the year, Hourihane said it had come good for us, but now the aim is to keep this going as long as we can, and of course pulling out of the dropzone and into Play Off contention has been a good boost for everyone.

‘What we`re doing now is a bonus, considering we were rock bottom of the table around three months ago. Every time we win a game, I still think that`s us further away from the relegation zone. To say automatic promotion is a bit farfetched but everyone can dream I suppose. The turnaround and the run we`re on is something we never thought we would do, all of a sudden we`re going to Wembley and people are talking about the play-offs. There`s a lot of happy faces in there but our feet are firmly on the ground because we know how bad it was.’

One thing he added as he ended his interview, was that we feared no one and we weren’t looking at where others were in the table or what they were doing, it’s about not being distracted and just focusing on what we can control.

‘You can`t let it affect you around the business end of the season, it is going to get congested. There`s a few teams looking for the play-offs and we`re one of them. We just have to concentrate on ourselves and think about what we have to do. If you think of other teams and their results, you`re trying to control something you can’t affect. We have to focus on what we can affect and that`s what we are doing here with hard-working days today and Friday, making us ready to go on Saturday.’

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