Date: 21st January 2016 at 11:57am
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Midfielder Marley Watkins has said that the Barnsley dressing room are confident ahead of the test that will be Rochdale this weekend.

Having returned to the side earlier than planned following a speedier recovery from the injury he picked up against Blackpool in our third straight victory at the weekend over Shrewsbury Town, Watkins told the Official Site that everybody was confident given the turn of form of late, but importantly he felt there was still a lot more to come from the team.

‘We`re on a good run and we want to keep it going and see just how far we can take it. But, we still want to take it one game at a time. I can`t put my finger on why we`ve been doing so well. I feel like we`re all working for one another and training has been a really good standard. Our mentality has changed a bit, we`re looking much stronger and we`re going out believing we can win games and we don`t like we can get overturned.’

With Barnsley having one of the youngest sides in League One this season, Watkins went on to say that it had taken a while for everybody to find their feet gel and whilst we might have shown signs of it in games previously in the first half of the season, it really does feel like it’s come together of late and having a more stable first team side has definitely helped that as partnerships have been built up.

‘I feel that with a young squad sometimes it does take time but if you look at it now, I feel like we`re all winners on match days. I feel that we can keep this up and who knows how far we can take this. We have got competition for places, even on the bench. Ryan Williams is a quality player despite his injuries so you know you have to be at it with players like that behind you.’

Barnsley mixed season so far given our place in the table, is bouyed by only being one step from a Wembley appearance in the Johnstone’s Paint trophy and Watkins also said that everybody was determined to book that particular day out by taking victory over Fleetwood Town in the second leg of the Area Final.

‘We have games to come before that and our main focus will be on trying to beat Rochdale this weekend. Because of the bad run earlier in the season, we want to give the fans something positive to cheer, in a good day out at Wembley. We`ll be up for it when that game comes around. I feel I`ve contributed to a lot of goals but I think there is plenty more to come. As a whole, it`s all about winning games and we want to be a successful team. We`re winning games but as a whole we want to be up there as one of the big clubs in this division.’

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