Scoring a goal after four minutes of Saturday’s friendly at Crewe Alexandra was a ‘lovely start to the season’ for Mads Andersen, who admits he has learned a lot from his first year at Barnsley.

The 22-year-old centre-back hooked in a Callum Styles corner to set the Reds on their way to a 2-0 victory. Andersen, who is yet to score a competitive goal for Barnsley, told the Chronicle: “It was a lovely start to the season. I am really happy with that. I have been working so hard for a goal and now I hope I score more. Attacking set pieces is a place where we can improve and I think we will this season.” 

The Danish defender made 41 appearances for the Reds in the 2019/20 season, his first with the club.  He was a regular until being dropped in February after a series of errors but, after the lockdown due to the coronavirus, he once again found himself in the first 11 and impressed as Barnsley secured a dramatic survival. 

He said: “I am 100 per cent better than when I signed for Barnsley a year ago. I am older and more experienced. I want to take my form from the end of last season into next season and I think we will have a great season.  

"Last season was crazy and we will always remember it but now we want to improve this season. I want us to win as many games as possible. I am getting very comfortable with the town and the club. I like it at Barnsley.”