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In-form Swansea loanee praised by Barnsley boss ahead of Canaries clash

PUBLISHED: 14:51 28 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:51 28 February 2018

Barnsley's loan striker Oli McBurnie, centre, celebrates scoring the only goal of a 1-0 win over Norwich City U23s at Carrow Road for Swansea in the Checkatrade Trophy in December 2016. 
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Barnsley's loan striker Oli McBurnie, centre, celebrates scoring the only goal of a 1-0 win over Norwich City U23s at Carrow Road for Swansea in the Checkatrade Trophy in December 2016. Picture by Matthew Usher/Focus Images Ltd

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Barnsley boss José Morais feels he is ‘lucky’ to have in-form Swansea loanee Oli McBurnie in his squad, ahead of his team’s clash with Norwich City.

The 21-year-old forward has scored four goals in five games for the Tykes since joining from his Premier League parent club in January, including during Tuesday’s 1-1 draw at Hull.

That point lifted Barnsley two points clear of the bottom three, having leapfrogged Birmingham with a 2-0 away win at the weekend, when Scotland U21 international McBurnie scored both goals.

“I’m lucky to have him – I’ve already said he’s a talented player; a player with goals,” Portuguese coach Morais said.

“I have to congratulate Oli for the goals that he scored. I hope he can score in the next game too. I also want to say that the team is really working in terms of creating situations for someone to score, and I’m happy today that this someone is Oli and I’m hoping next time it will be Kieffer (Moore), Oli, (Mamadou) Thiam or another player.

“They are good players – this is what I believe from the beginning. They are working well, they have big capacities and confidence is coming with the quality of the games.

“I am a confident person and I making them believe that everything is possible when you are committed. We have a clear goal about what we want in life.”

Although disappointed to see Hull equalise in the 73rd minute, Morais is happy with his side’s improvement, after losing 2-1 at home to Burton in his first game. The 52-year-old was part of Jose Mourinho’s coaching staff at Inter Milan, Real Madrid and Chelsea before going it along as head coach at clubs including Antalyaspor and AEK Athens.

“My intention is to play the games and make the points that allow us to continue to play in this league, and I’m not thinking about anything different from this,” Morais added, speaking to Barnsley’s official website.

“I think the players have the quality and everything that people are saying, I’m not even taking because the team are starting to play with a certain quality. What I want is to take them from this long, non-positive trend because I believe we are going out from this situation very quick.”

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