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Alnwick: We go to Barnsley with the same mentality

1 February 2019

Goalkeeper Jak Alnwick wants the Iron to approach the Barnsley test on Saturday with the same mentality as the previous six games.

United, who remain unbeaten in six, will be making a short trip to the Oakwell Stadium days after Alnwick extended his loan spell with the club until the end of the season.

Briefly speaking about his loan extension, Alnwick told iFollow Iron: “It was good to get it done.

“Now that it is done, I am really looking forward to kicking on for the rest of the season.”

Last weekend, the Iron battled in tough weather conditions to beat Fleetwood away from home, winning 1-0.

Keeping a clean sheet and making a number of saves, Alnwick was named in the EFL’s and League Paper’s team of the week after the result.

On that recognition, the Rangers loanee said: “It is always nice. 

“As a goalkeeper, you don’t want to be in too many of them because you would rather win 1-0 and not have a single thing to do. 

“It is nice to get a bit of recognition and that is what I am there to do – to make the saves.”

Training this week has been impacted after cold weather conditions, but the Iron have still been preparing fully for the Barnsley contest.

Alnwick said: “It was tough on Thursday. We managed to get out on the pitch, but we have got to prepare like it is any normal game. 

“Whatever the weather is like, we have got to adapt to it. That is what we did at Fleetwood, we adapted to the conditions and we are going to have to do again this week.”

However, the shotstopper is aware of the dangers the Tykes will pose, as they are placed in third position in Sky Bet League One and striker Kieffer Moore has found the net 17 times this season.

The 25-year-old said: “They have done well this season and have been on a good run. 

“It will be tough because they are wanting to win promotion this season, but it is down to us to stop them.

“We are going to go there with the same mentality we have had in the last few games and grind out a result.

“We have got five wins and one draw (in the last six games) against Sunderland. 

“We know we shouldn’t have been where we were before those six games, but it is down to us players to put it right and we kind of have in the last few games. It is no good resting where we are, we know where the club needs to be.”

The goalkeeper is also hoping the Iron supporters will be at the Oakwell in good numbers, having got behind the team at Fleetwood.

“It was amazing,” is how Alnwick described the support at Fleetwood and he wants it to continue.

He added: “It came off the back of the home game against Sunderland, which was a massive crowd and they got behind us and the lads thrived off it.

“We took a good following to Fleetwood on a cold day and we need them again at Barnsley. 

“It does make such a difference because we were low on confidence. 

“For the fans to get behind us has been brilliant and hopefully we can repay them with another away win.”

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