Townsend's Birmingham Reunion
Barnsley goalkeeper Nick Townsend has spoken about facing off against his former side Birmingham City this weekend.
The 23 year old stopper began his career at St Andrew's Stadium but he never made his competitive bow for the side before making the switch to Oakwell in 2015 and with family members who support the club, he's insisted personal rivalries can be dealt with at full time, for 90 minutes his only focus is on the game.
Yup - he wants to get one over them he just won't admit it!
Speaking to the Official Site as he met with the media to preview the game, Townsend explained.
'I play for the badge, and I play for Barnsley. We need the three points. So at the end of the day we`re going out for three points and winning the game. At the end of the day it`s the job and we need three points more than anything. My family and friends are all Blues fans but it`s what I`ve got to do, keep the ball out of the back of the net.'
With defeat to Burton Albion in midweek in Jose Morais' debut in the dug out, Townsend was insistent that it was vital the side moved on quickly from that and he felt confidence remained high despite the set back as there were positives we could take from the match.
'The lads know what position they`re in now and we have got to get ourselves out of it. I think we can. We`ve obviously got a new Head Coach come in with new ideas of how we want to play, so hopefully we can get onto it. It`s not going to be easy, obviously it`s a new person coming in so he wants to change how we play, but I think, at the same time, we need to knuckle down now and get into it, and realise that we need to win it. He`s trying to make us believe that we can do it. We`ve got the quality to get ourselves out of it, and I think we just need to have a bit of belief and confidence and show that we can get out of it.'
The stopper went on to say.
'I feel that some of the games we should have got more out of them, but I feel that confidence is still there with the lads; we`re not down in the dumps. We`re still buzzing around the place and we know we can get out of it, I think we just need to prove it now. If you look at the team and the quality we`ve got, we shouldn`t be where we are; we just need to knuckle down.'
Having had to be patient for a chance between the sticks, he has now started our last three games and he said competition, as well as support, between the goalkeeping unit was great at the club.
'To be fair, we just kind of stick together. Goalkeeper is one of those positions where there`s only one place, and whether it`s me in goal or Davo, we just stick together and knuckle down. We know our jobs, we know what we`ve got to do and we`ve got to get on with it. He`s been spot on; I`ve not got a bad word to say about him. He`s been supportive around me and helping me out with things on the pitch and how to deal with things.'
'It`s been a long wait but I`m glad I`ve finally pushed my way in - it`s been hard; I`d be lying if I said it wasn`t. I feel now that I`ve come to an age where my game is settled down. It makes you stronger, mentally, and you grow as a person. If it happens again, I`ll know how to deal with it and I feel I`m a stronger person for it.'