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Cup Final Mentality Key To Survival, Says Loan Ace

Friday January 24 2014

LOAN ace Ryan McLaughlin believes Barnsley should face every remaining league game like it's a 'cup final'.

The 19-year-old, who signed on a 28-day loan from Liverpool, impressed on his debut as the Reds beat Blackpool on Saturday.

Although they're still at the bottom of the Championship, those three vital points closed the gap on their rivals.

Barnsley now find themselves just four points from safety.

McLaughlin said: "We needed those three points badly so I was happy to play my part in the win.

"Every game is now like a cup final as we're in the relegation zone.

"These three points hopefully can kick off a little run.

"The Championship is a hard league and everybody knows that, so we're just happy to have got a win in."

Although many fans have expressed their delight at seeing a highly-rated youngster at Oakwell, they're disappointed the loan deal is only for a month.

"I’d definitely like to stay here longer, but it’s up to Liverpool," added Ryan. "They’ll decide what they think is best, but I’d love to stay.

"I want to play as many games as possible."

McLaughlin, Stoke City's USA international Brek Shea, ex-Sunderland midfielder Liam Lawrence and Hull City's Nick Proschwitz have given the team a lift.

Manager Danny Wilson said: "The new players have given us a bit of spark. 

"They have that energy and pace that we've lacked.

"I thought the debutants were outstanding against Blackpool."

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Reply Posted by Ray on Friday January 24 2014 at 12:21
Go for it Ryan, that's the attitude. Get some games under your belt prove yourself and get noticed. Too many of the old stock were lacking in ambition and ability and happy to be mediocre.

Reply Posted by Anon on Friday January 24 2014 at 12:25
But they've no idea what it's like to play in a cup final? Lmao

Reply Posted by wink on Sunday January 26 2014 at 07:34
bet anon is a typical weds fan, you know the sort who think their club is massive but in truth barnsleys been to Wembley more times in recent history than the fowls or pigs down in dee dar land and weer not millions in debt. lmao

Reply Posted by Red on Monday January 27 2014 at 12:32
They are a funny lot those wendys wink.A couple of weeks ago it was all how bad they are, win a couple of games in league and beat two lower league teams in the cup and it's play-offs and wembley!!
Today it's meltdown cos Wickhams gone ha ha ha

Reply Posted by YOU REDS on Monday January 27 2014 at 14:24
And just as their not very good manager signs a contract! PERFECT!!

ipso Regulated