BARRY Cotter says he always knew Barnsley had the character to start coming from behind to win games.

The Reds fell behind at Reading on Saturday but won 3-1 – the first comeback victory in more than two years.

Right wing-back Cotter told the Chronicle: “You have to come from behind in everything in life, not just football.

“I know it’s been a long time for the club, but it’s new for me.

“If anyone here goes 1-0 down, we want to turn that around.

“We keep backing ourselves.”

2023 has seen ex-Ipswich man Cotter return to English football with Barnsley after a spell in his native Ireland, and play more regular football this season.

“It’s just been another year. I am young and I still have areas improve. I am looking for the big C – consistency.”

Cotter and Corey O’Keeffe have shared the right wing-back role this season, with Cotter dropped to the bench on Saturday for the win at Reading.

“It’s not what you expect or what you want. It’s part of football.

“Sometimes you’re in, sometimes you’re out. You just have to take your opportunities.”

Devante Cole scored his 12th goal of the season from outside the box to put the Reds 2-1 up, then Max Watters netted a third.

Cotter said: “I just sat back and enjoyed Devante’s goal. Devante is a gem.

“He’s a massive player for us and everywhere he’s been. It’s no surprise.

“It’s well deserved for Max. He works so hard and it’s so unnoticed.”

On the Reading game in general, Cotter said: “It was a tough game. It’s not an easy place to come. They are not in the position they want to be in. They are young and have something to prove.

“It wasn’t easy for us but we stuck to the task, dug deep and showed who we are and how we want to be.

“It was some shift from the boys.”