Date: 6th January 2016 at 4:59pm
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Midfielder Conor Hourihane has said he’s hoping to lead Barnsley out at Wembley this season as we go into the weekend’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Area Final first leg against Fleetwood Town.

Having taken on armband duties as skipper back in the two nil defeat to Wigan Athletic in December, a turn of form of late for the squad has renewed hopes for the second half of the year after earlier struggles, and speaking to thestar in his own pre game build up interviews, the 24 year old explained that key to having a good year would now be reaching Wembley because of how close we are.

‘Everyone wants to go to Wembley. It will be fantastic. It`s over two legs so it`s important to get a result on Saturday to go into the next leg. Fingers crossed we get through them two games and we do get there. But we have to obviously put in a good performance, have a good week`s training and hopefully we`ll get the right result. The majority of your fans come to home games so it`s really important to get some good wins in front of your home crowd to get them on your side. The last two wins have been massive and I`m sure there`ll be another good performance, another good atmosphere and a big turnout on Saturday.’

With Johnson selecting him as the new skipper to ease pressure on 21 year old Alfie Mawson at the time, Hourihane went on to say that skippering the side was an honour and even though he’s a relative youngster himself, it’s a role he’s now relishing.

‘The gaffer had a word with me, he felt maybe it was the best thing to pass it on to someone and I was the one chosen. I`m one of the lucky ones that Lee has shown a bit of faith in to give me the armband and I have to keep performing on the pitch to keep repaying him. I`m grateful to the gaffer for giving it to me so I just need to keep going the way I am. I just need to be one of the first in one of the last out, I feel like I`m a good trainer every day and on a decent level with all the lads. Two good wins is maybe a bit of luck that`s needed when someone puts that faith in you. I`m enjoying it and hopefully it will continue.’

If wins continue to come, he’ll be enjoying the role even more!

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