Southend v Barnsley: Suspensions are part of my game – Scowen

Barnsley's Josh Scowen. Picture: Tony Johnson
Barnsley's Josh Scowen. Picture: Tony Johnson
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Barnsley’s Josh Scowen has vowed not to curb his tenacious midfield displays despite picking up another suspension.

The 22-year-old midfielder was forced to sit out Tuesday’s Johnstone’s Paint Trophy tie at Bradford City after picking up five bookings.

He is back in the reckoning for today’s trip to Southend United, but insists he will not change his all-action style.

“It’s not nice, I don’t like when the team plays and I am not,” he said.

“But it’s just one of them things that happens with my game. I need to try and cut them (bookings) out as much as I can.

“Every season I always get suspended, that’s the way I have always played and I am not planning on changing that.

“I will pick up bookings and suspensions, but if I can limit them, that that would be good.”

While Scowen hopes to cut down on bookings, he wants to increase his goals tally.

The midfielder has netted just once this season, a penalty away at Scunthorpe United.

On his season so far, he said: “I have played most games, which is good. But I would like to do more going forward.

“The main criticism I get from everyone is I don’t score enough goals, or create enough goals.

“If I can add a few more goals, I would be doing alright. I have only scored once this year, and that was a penalty at Scunthorpe.

“You have got Dan Crowley, Conor Hourihane going forward, who are more more natural attackers than I am.

“If they go forward, I just need to sit back a bit more. But I need to realise times when I can get forward. Maybe I can learn a bit off them, the way they play,” he added.

The Reds are six points off the play-offs, with Sheffield United in sixth place currently on 20 points.