BARNSLEY ‘owed’ their fans the away win at Hull City on Tuesday night, says goal-scoring hero Carlton Morris.
The Reds ended a 20-match wait for a victory on the road since a 1-0 triumph at Huddersfield last April while it was the first time supporters had seen an away win in the flesh for two years.
Morris told the Chronicle: “It’s been a long time coming to win away and it was a really good feeling with the fans at the end. It was genuinely enjoyable to play in that game and I hope the fans enjoyed it as well. It felt like we had owed the fans that for a while. There have been occasions where we haven’t had the rub of the green but there was no debating who deserved to win that game.”
Morris insists the joy of the victory was not tainted by Reading also winning and keeping Barnsley nine points from safety while he remains confident the Reds will stay up.
“It’s pointless thinking too much about what other teams are doing, they will do what they are going to do. We can’t affect it. You just have to control the controllables starting with Middlesbrough at home on Saturday.
“I know what the squad is capable of. We have incredible players. We have added (Amine) Bassi and (Domingos) Quina. Those two have done brilliant since they have come in. They have had an impact in every game they have been involved in. They bring us something new and different. It’s exciting times.
“I have always said we’re capable of anything and I stick by it.
“What’s stopping us winning three or four or five games in a row? Nothing, in my opinion. I think we can beat anyone.
“As long as we take it a game at a time, the possibilities are endless.
“Once the close games start falling in our favour, we have every chance.
“I wouldn’t bet against us.”
Morris missed three months in the first half of the season due to a knee injury then, after coming back and scoring four goals, he had to isolate with Covid-19.
He returned then scored at Luton and on Tuesday at Hull.
He is the Reds’ joint top-scorer in the league with Cauley Woodrow.
“I feel back to my full self now. It’s been a bit frustrating this season, very stoppy-starty. Rhythm is so important in football, especially getting settled in the team and performances come with that.”
Morris has been playing as the lone striker in either a 3-5-1-1 or 4-2-3-1 formation, but on Tuesday had plenty of support from attacking midfielders.
“It’s fluid. That’s the way it’s designed. It’s intricate in the way it works.
“The lads are doing well to take it in. It culminated in the first half at Hull.
“It doesn’t feel like the old-fashioned lone striker role.
“I have always got a lot options, I don’t feel isolated.”
Morris set up the first goal on Tuesday for Callum Styles and scored the second.
“It’s a perfect night for a striker when you get on the scoresheet, make things happen for the team and walk away with three points.
“Stylsey did brilliant for my goal, made it awkward for them. I jumped on the second ball, which is something we’ve been working on in training a lot.
“I thought I’d give it a whack, concentrated on technique and it flew in.”