Barnes: Goals breed confidence

By SFC Media Mon 20 Nov Saints v Fulham
Photo by James Bridle | Marcus Barnes

Young striker Marcus Barnes was in the spotlight ahead of tonight's Fulham tie, after netting a second-half treble in last week's Senior Cup bout.

The 20-year-old's hat-trick took his personal tally to four for the season, and Barnes is keen to take that form forward into league action.

The Under-23s also have the chance to leapfrog opponents Fulham if victorious tonight, with the striker identifying consistency as key to Saints' push for the top end of the table. 

"It is always good to be among the goals," Barnes began. "No matter the opposition, goals build confidence for the next game.

"It was a bit frustrating as I didn't get any chances in the first period. But you keep grinding and working hard and I took my three opportunities in the second half.

"For us it is about having consistency of winning games and getting a run going. It has been patchy, in terms of results, so I think we need a couple of wins on the spin and we'll soon move up the table.

"Fulham are a passing side, they play football the same way we do. They won't be launching the ball in behind. We're both in similar areas of the table, where we need to pick up points so it'll be a tough game."

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