DOMINGOS Quina admits going from Championship leaders Fulham to bottom club Barnsley is ‘a lot different’ but he is delighted to be playing football again.
The 22-year-old Portuguese midfielder signed on transfer deadline day last week on loan from Watford until the end of the season. He had previously been on loan for the first half of the season to Championship leaders Fulham but only made four appearances.
Quina, who has started the last two league games, told the Chronicle: “It’s a lot different. When you’re at the top you feel confident and you think you can do anything, it is all going your way.
“But when you’re at the bottom, you are chasing the game all the time and there is a lot of pressure. If you lose it’s even harder to get back up again.
“A lot of players here still believe they are not going down which is important.
“You can see we’re trying in every game and I think it’s going to work out.”
Quina could have scored his first Barnsley goal in his second start at Luton Town on Tuesday but missed a one-on-one chance in the first minute of the 2-1 defeat.
“After we lost I was thinking a lot about that chance. I should have probably scored and the result might have been different. I know that any chance any of us get, we have to score.
“I want to score goals and get assists, but not just me, all the team.”
Quina has been playing on the left of a midfield three in a 3-5-2 formation.
“I like it. It’s probably my best position and where I can affect the game more, get the ball, make the team play and attack. I have only played two games, I will get better. I will get to know the players and they will get to know me.”
Barnsley are eight points from safety.
Quina said: “I wasn’t playing as much I wanted at Fulham. I wanted to be more involved in something and as soon as I heard about Barnsley I didn’t think twice. It’s big for me and it’s what I needed – a challenge where I will play every week, fight for the team.
“It’s good for me, I can learn and improve as a player and person in a difficult situation.
“I definitely believe we can stay up. We are improving. We just need to take the lead instead of falling behind. We need to play the second halves the same as the first half. In the two games I‘ve played, we’ve done well in the first half. Then we all know we need to get points, we lose our composure.”