Barnsley: Reds can continue rise says Manchester United ace

Ben Pearson
Ben Pearson

Midfield maestro Ben Pearson believes Barnsley have what it takes to put together a run of results and continue their rise up the table.

The Manchester United loanee was an influential figure in the centre of the park as the Reds ran out 2-0 victors over high-flying Gillingham on Saturday.

Recent results have seen Lee Johnson’s men climb to within two points of the play-offs, and Pearson is confident that form can continue.

“We’re on the up,” he declared. “We have been a bit inconsistent this season but momentum is key in this league, and two wins and a draw in the past three games is momentum.

“It was a really good team performance and it’s good to get the three points. It’s another positive - two goals, a clean sheet and a good win.”

Pearson fired Barnsley in front with a fantastic first-time finish after the ball broke to him just outside the box, and he admitted that having little time to think helped him strike the ball so well.

“I practice those shots a lot so it’s always good when it pays off,” he added. “When I’ve got time, I’m probably worse. I’m probably better with instinct strikes, which it was.

“We knew their strengths and weaknesses from training so we knew we’d be under pressure throughout the game. They started well and the goal took the pressure off which was good.

“Sam Winnall goal took the pressure off quite a lot because we were under the cosh.”

The 20-year-old has proven to be an key member of a youthful Barnsley side, after re-signing on loan at Oakwell for a second spell.

Apart from a couple of early chances through Luke Norris and Ben Williams, Gillingham struggled to trouble the Barnsley goal.

And Pearson’s role as a holding midfielder was one of the reasons that the visitors were unable to threaten the target often.

“Goals aren’t really my main priority, more breaking up the play and starting play off really.

“If I can chip in with a few goals too it won’t harm me at all. I defended a lot better on Saturday than I have done in the past and got forward quite a bit too.

“It was a good team performance from the team and we’ve got to take that positives from that into next week.”