MAX WATTERS is hoping to build on his best performance for Barnsley so far going into the final game of the league season then the play-offs.
The striker came off the bench to assist one goal and score two as the Reds came from 4-1 down to draw 4-4 at MK Dons on Saturday.
Watters joined on loan from Cardiff City in January and had previously scored twice in five starts and 12 appearances.
He told the Chronicle: “The very least was just to work hard and that’s what I did. The rewards came from it. We started playing well, putting passes together in the right areas and luckily got a few goals from it.
“With the stats - two goals and an assist - you have to say that is my best performance.”
Watters netted the crucial third goal in the derby win over Sheffield Wednesday in March, so has had some good moments in a Reds shirt despite not being first choice.
“It’s a positive. I got one of the winners against Sheffield Wednesday and managed to help the team at MK.
“Gametime is the thing we all want but, if I am on the bench or starting, I will just work hard and try to help the team.”
Watters added: “The manager always says the substitutes are just as important as the starting 11, you just have to come on and impact the game.
“We have four good strikers so it’s tough to get in the team. When the other strikers are scoring, you can’t complain. Everyone needs to be pushing each other to be successful.”
Watters spent the first half of last season at MK, who are now fighting relegation.
“It’s unfortunate it was at Milton Keynes. I like them as a club and hope they stay up.”
Barnsley will play in the League One play-offs later in the month.
“Being involved in the play-offs is what everyone wants, and ultimately to get promoted. The play-offs will certainly be enjoyable for us.”