Date: 18th February 2016 at 6:03pm
Written by:

Alfie Mawson has spoken about the South Yorkshire derby this weekend against Doncaster Rovers and he’s hoping to see us make up for the last disappointment against the side.

Speaking to the Official Site in his own pre game press interviews, the centre half explained that there was a hint of revenge in the air.

‘With the way the league’s looking, given their position and our position, I think it will be a tough game and that last time we felt we deserved a win or at least a point. That was the way things were going at that time but it`s going to be a tough game, they`re a well-drilled, organised side, we`ll have to be on top of our game and hopefully we`ll get three points. You don`t want to say you`re favourites for the game, the betting may go with us but recently we`ve been playing well for a reason and if we stick together we can hopefully get three points.’

With Mawson up against Andy Williams in the game, he went on to say he’s done his home work on him and he knows him pretty well anyway as they share an agent!

‘I know about Williams and he`s with my agent. He`s a threat and does what all good strikers are paid for. He`s always going to be a threat but we`ve got to play our game and not be worried about other players.’

With Barnsley’s recent form seeing them eight points off the Play Off sports, Mawson is obviously hoping for that gap to close now and for us to have a late run at the top six.

‘I feel everyone can see we`ve turned the tide in results, not so much in terms of performances because they were always there, but results and clean sheets. Winning seven on the spin always helps, and the emphasis in the dressing room is to go in 1-0 up and go out and score more in the second half because we know we can. The players are smart enough to understand roles. We have to try and get one on Saturday but it is a way to show everyone how far we`ve come in the league.’

There was also the subject of Wembley being booked for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy Final and with it being potentially Mawson’s second national stadium outing in 12 months, he went on to say that there were too many important league games to be focused on first – but obviously it was exciting and this time round he’s looking for a better final result.

‘It`s gut-wrenching losing at Wembley, I want a win because I don`t think I could bare another loss and it would be nice to get a bit of silverware. At the moment, we can`t get too focused on Wembley because this next month is massive for is, but it is always going to be in the mind of the players, especially the young players. If we can string together three or four results and get on another run, we genuinely feel that we can make the play-offs.’

Barnsley Bloggers

Join The Vital Debate