Date: 17th May 2016 at 4:00pm
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Centre half Marc Roberts has said that Barnsley are more than ready to complete the Play Off semi final job when we travel to the Bescot Stadium on Thursday evening.

Having hosted the side at Oakwell and taken a fantastic three nil lead in the in the first leg, Roberts when speaking to the Official Site as we build up to the second leg, was adamant that Barnsley had to approach it as a nil nil scoreline, as we couldn’t be complacent as the job is there to be finished off.

‘We`re in a good position but, we`ve got to approach the game like it`s nil-nil. That`s got to be our mentality and we need to approach it like we would any other league game; going there to win the game. If we went there with the mind-set that we`ve got a three goal advantage that would be our downfall and I`m sure that Hecky and Tommy have been talking about that and will set us up right like they do every other game. I`m sure we`ll be prepared for whatever they throw at us.’

With an own goal and a Sam Winnall brace giving us the advantage, Roberts admitted that everyone would’ve ‘bit your hand off’ if that had been offered ahead of the game, but again it’s about being professional, not letting them get a second wind and claw a goal back, and seeing through the next 90 minutes to ensure a second trip to Wembley.

‘I would have bit your hand off! We`ve got a fantastic squad of players. Although we haven`t been scoring enough goals we have been performing really well of late and I think that shows in our form. We`ve got Winnall, Hammill and Hourihane, some great creative players and it was only a matter of time before we scored goals. It`s come at the right time and we were very clinical on the day, now hopefully we can go there on Thursday and produce a similar performance and keep it solid. If we win on the day it`ll be fantastic.’

He went on to add.

‘There`s always that one team every year that nicks the Play-Off spot! The momentum helps. It`s not a ‘late` surge, we`ve been on a good run of form for quite a few months. We`ve not done anything differently, we`ve stuck to our jobs and that won`t change come Thursday. We`ve had a couple of seasons rolled into one, we`ve had everything. We went through a really rough patch and if anything that might have helped the character of the lads. It shows the squad we`ve got. We stuck together and haven`t changed much, we`ve just stuck to what we know. We`ve tweaked a few things and its come good in the end.’

With four clean sheets in the last six games, and Roberts more than playing his part in that alongside Alfie Mawson, he was asked about their partnership and he had to admit it had just come good for them both.

‘We`ve just clicked. We`re good friends off the pitch, we get on and socialise off the pitch which helps. Our little group of back four are tight-knit, which helps. Having Conor and Browny sat in front, two of the best midfielders in the league makes our job a lot easier! Then you`ve got the quality going forward. Those lads pretty much make our job easy on the day.’

Ending his pre game interview, he admitted that he had been a rollercoaster first year for him at the club following his arrival, and everyone now is just determined to capitalise on the position we find ourselves in.

‘Barnsley is a big club, there`s always a bit of expectation. We were bottom at Christmas and that was definitely below expectations, then from there the plan was just to do as well as we can. It`s helped not having as much expectation and that snowballed, we`re in the position we`re in and long may that continue.’

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