Date: 20th February 2018 at 8:29am
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On loan Everton midfielder Joe Williams has said that new head coach Jose Morais is already beginning to get his message over to the Barnsley players on the training pitch.

With Morais now having his first few sessions under his belt as we prepare for tonight’s clash with Burton Albion, 20 year old Williams told the Official Site as he met with the media to preview the game, that he was confident that the early signs from our new gaffer would see progression in the first team and results in the remainder of the campaign.

‘It`s been really good so far; a few little tweaks here and there on the training ground and how he wants us to play. He`s had us in and it`s been a good week; all the lads have enjoyed it. I think he can just put a positive influence on the group, which he`s done. He`s talked to us – he got us in in the morning and had a chat with us to get straight out there and put things right on the pitch.’

Williams went on to say that the initial impression is that Morais wants Barnsley to be more of an attacking outfit moving forward under him and there has already been a bigger emphasis on chance creation and scoring goals.

‘He`s a really attacking coach; he likes us to play and get the ball down. Hopefully we`re expecting to score a lot more goals. We want to be better in the final third as a team so it will be good to get him in and hopefully he will work on us going forward because we`ve been good defensively. So, hopefully, going forward we can get a few more goals.’

He added.

‘The lads are confident in every game we play. I can imagine why people would think confidence is low and why we`re not picking up results, but when we`re actually watching the performances back we`re picking up a bit of confidence from them. It`s just the final little bits now and we need to start being a bit more ruthless and putting teams to bed.’

With his links to Jose Mourinho, that has also been a boost for the group so the players are relishing the opportunity to take his advice and philosophy on board.

‘Obviously all the lads have been speaking about it. His background is really good; he`s worked with some really good people. His Assistant (Dimas), as well, has played at a very high level in football, so you can always learn off that and we respect both of them a lot. So we`re looking forward to working more with them.’

Williams went on to say.

‘He`s mainly been on the pitch with us coaching, and he`s been really good. All the lads are impressed by him, so we`re all looking forward to it. It`s been mainly coaching and how we want to play. I`ve only worked with him for a few days so I don`t quite know how he handles man management stuff yet. So far he seems like he`s a good coach, so I`m looking forward to seeing how he is and the way he handles different things.’

With Williams bagging his first senior goal with an effort from 30 yards when we met Burton earlier in the season in a four two victory, he admitted he’d love a repeat of that tonight but as long as we take all three points he’ll be happy.

‘Hopefully I can do that again, but I`d settle for anyone scoring – just as long as we get the win tomorrow. It`s the only goal I`ve scored so far, so it was a good way to get it last time. They are big games, they call them six pointers because they`re around you. You need to be beating those teams around you if you want to be finishing above them; you can`t be getting beat or getting turned over so we don`t want to draw or lose, we`re going to win all three of them. Then we`re looking to kick on and finish as high as possible.’

The youngster ended by saying.

‘Everyone`s fighting for their place. New Head Coach, everyone`s on a fresh start. It`s a big, big three games coming up, so we`re all ready. We all know anyway how big the next three games are so we`re all working hard and we know what to do.’