In his own words: Phil Parkinson post-Barnsley

Wanderers moved out of the Sky Bet Championship relegation zone after beating Barnsley on Saturday thanks to a brace from Gary Madine and Mark Little's first goal for the club.

Madine's first half brace sandwiched a Tom Bradshaw penalty for the visitors, before Little sealed the points with a fine individual effort midway through the second half.

Speaking to following the final whistle, manager Phil Parkinson covered the following points…

On getting back to winning ways…

It was a good win for us, I thought we showed character in many ways today.

We responded to last week’s defeat and last time we played here we were 2-0 up and drew 2-2.

I think in a lot of aspects it was a performance full of character today and we’re very pleased to get back to winning ways. Our home form has been good and it needs to continue.

On Gary Madine getting back on the scoresheet…

It’s great, I’m really pleased. He’s getting better and better all the time and I’m very pleased with his performance.

He is technically good, so I was confident he was going to put it [the penalty] away. I didn’t watch it, I was waiting for the crowd to celebrate and I was delighted when they did!

On Mark Little’s brilliant performance…

Mark was up against a very good player in Harvey Barnes, who we looked at in the summer.

We spoke to Sammy (Ameobi) and Mark about how they could see off their left-hand side and there’s no better way to do that by making a goal and scoring one, which Mark did.

I’m very pleased with his performance and he needs to build on that.

On Will Buckley coming into the starting line-up…

I'm very pleased with Will, he’s waited patiently and we’ve made sure he’s been ready.

He’s made good contributions off the bench in the last few weeks and I was very pleased with his performance.

I was always going to give him 60-65 minutes today but all in all, we are very pleased with his contribution.

On Reece Burke’s display in defence…

Reece has been great – he’s been very unlucky not to have played more games for us.

I’m pleased with him. The lads that have not been in the team have trained well and that’s shown today with Reece’s performance and the lads who came on off the bench.

On the importance of today’s win…

It was crucial. We spoke about how we needed to pull Barnsley back towards us and we don’t want to make it a relegation battle between four teams.

We’ve got to get other teams involved but I feel the belief is really with the lads at the moment and you feel it with the supporters with the way they responded at 3-1.

To give the lads a lift is so important because there was a lot of tired legs out there and the fans lifted the players at 3-1, which saw us home.

On a perfect birthday present…

There’s no better present than three points. I’m really pleased and I can enjoy the evening.

And finally, looking ahead to Nottingham Forest next Saturday…

I saw them against Cardiff last week. They’re a good side but we're starting to prove that we can compete with anyone.

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