ADAM Phillips hopes his first Barnsley goal will kick-start his career with the club.
The 24-year-old summer signing fired a superb shot into the top right corner at Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup on Saturday after a fine move involving Liam Kitching and Jordan Williams. That put the Reds 2-0 up and they won 2-1.
Midfielder Phillips said: “Scoring will help my confidence a lot and hopefully I can kick on. We’ve worked on that move in training, Jordan getting high and picking me out. I got it out of my feet and hit it sweet.
“I came into the club when the season had started and I was playing catch-up.
“The manager told me that and I was happy with it. I have been building my way into the team. Hopefully I can get a run of games and a bit of rhythm.”
Phillips played on the right of a midfield three in a 3-5-2. The Reds have used that system in the last two games, after using a 3-4-3 in which Phillips was played as a forward.
“Personally, I’ve played my best football as a number eight on the right.
“I like to get forward, get in the box and score goals. Hopefully I can stay there but, if the manager asks me to go somewhere else, I will do that as well.”
Barnsley are now in the second round of the FA Cup and knock-out stages of the EFL Trophy.
“We’re taking it game by game.
“But we want to win every game if it’s the cup or the league.
“We just have to keep putting in performances like we did on Saturday.”
Striker James Norwood is set to miss several weeks with an injury, leaving the Reds short on options up front.
Phillips said: “Nors will be a big miss. He’s a handful.
“Hopefully it’s not too serious and he will be back soon. But we have players to come in who add quality.”