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Winnall: Johnstone’s Paint Trophy success a promotion motive

Barnsley striker Sam Winnall has backed his team to use their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy success as a motive to push for promotion.

The Tykes are four points outside of the play-off places, in seventh, but have a game in hand over Bradford and Millwall, who occupy the two places immediately above them.

It was the first time Barnsley had won the competition and Winnall wants that winning feeling again, at Wembley, after beating Oxford 3-2.

“It’s the motivation of knowing that we could do it all again in May,” Winnall told BBC Sport.

“That’s something that is all I’m focusing on now. I’ve tasted what it’s like to win at Wembley and I just want to do it again as soon as possible.”

The 25-year-old is set to finish the season as the club’s top scorer, with 18 goals this campaign. However, he missed the last fifteen minutes of their Wembley victory, in order to do a drugs test.

“I actually wanted to do that because I didn’t want to miss the celebrations,” Winnall added.

“I had every faith in the boys that they’d get the job done.

“I just wanted to go in, get my drug test out of the way and go back out and enjoy the celebrations, and that’s exactly what I did.”

Automatic promotion is too big an ask for Barnsley now, so if the Yorkshire outfit are to return to the Championship, then they will have to do it, via Wembley.

The Tykes now face two very winnable fixtures against Chesterfield and Oldham, both at home, before heading to second-placed Burton Albion.

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