Carlton Morris says Barnsley’s togetherness was crucial after he scored the only goal of the game to see off relegation-threatened Rotherham on Saturday.
The Reds perhaps weren’t at their best at Oakwell, but showed their mettle throughout a difficult encounter to come away with all three points and take one step closer to securing a play-off place.
The win means that Victor Ismael’s side need just one point from their last two matches against Preston and Norwich to secure a place in the top six.
“I think it says a lot about our character and the atmosphere in the dressing room amongst the lads to come together when the performance wasn’t really there, to come away with the result,” Morris told the club website.
“It’s the sign of a good team when the performance isn’t there if you’re able to get three points against, in my opinion, a good side. Credit to Rotherham, they put up a good fight and thankfully we’ve come away with a result.”
The only goal of the game came early on as Morris rose highest to fire in Michal Helik’s far post header from a well-worked corner routine, colliding with Rotherham keeper Viktor Johansson in the process.
Barnsley have seen several similar efforts chalked off this season – and Morris admits that it was nice to see a decision swing their way for a change.
“I was a little concerned – you know what it’s like these days – those goals can be seen as contentious,” added the forward.
“But the ball was there to be challenged for and I thought I’d get up and give it a go.
“It’s swings and roundabouts, really. Some of them are given, some of them aren’t, but it’s been frustrating having a lot of them ruled out, so it’s nice to have that out count.”