Mike Bahre says the win over Hull City will be a turning point for Barnsley and that he can still influence the side after losing the captaincy.

The 24-year-old German scored the Reds’ second goal in their 3-1 win which cut the gap to safety to five points and ended a 17-game winless run. Bahre told the Chronicle: “I definitely think it will be a turning point. Just to get the feeling back of winning a game was what we needed. It doesn’t matter how or which way. I am confident that it is the turning point. 

“We always knew we were good enough to win games and challenge every opponent but we weren’t getting the results which is what football is all about.  “If we carry on from this win, we will win many more and I think we will stay up.”

Bahre’s goal was his first in the Championship and first of a season which he began as captain. After a disappointing start, he was dropped to the bench by the coach who brought him to the club, Daniel Stendel, who was sacked in October. Caretaker Adam Murray did not play Bahre in any of his five matches but new head coach Gerhard Struber has started him in all three of his games so far.

“I am buzzing to be back in the team, because I was not on the pitch or in the squad for quite a long time. I think I have showed some good performances under the new manager. I am buzzing because I scored but the best thing is that it was an important goal for the team to make it 2-0. I have been working as hard as I can, whether it is a good or bad time or if I am playing or not. I am getting the rewards of it now.

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“Alex (Mowatt) has the armband now and he’s one of our most experienced guys. In the end, it doesn’t matter who has the armband, we just need to all work for each other. “I still think I can be a leadership figure because I have a bit of experience and I am always trying to help everyone.”

Bahre praised Struber who took charge of three matches in his first ten days at the club. He said: “I am glad that he’s put me back in the team. He hasn’t had that many training sessions because we have had so many games. But everyone can see his style and he’s been brilliant so far. He knows exactly what we need to do and, if we get many more training sessions with him, it will only be better.”