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Barclay: I'm still learning the position

Stanley's Ben Barclay looks ahead to the Trophy clash against Bolton

9 December 2019

Ahead of the Trophy clash with Bolton Wanderers, Accrington Stanley's Ben Barclay admits that he's enjoying learning the role of a defensive midfielder despite joining the club as a centre-back.

The two sides met in Sky Bet League One less than three weeks ago with Stanley running out 7-1 winners, and Barclay knows that the himself and the rest of the squad have to use that as confidence for this meeting.

"It'll be a good game, I think they'll want to come and show what sort of team they are after last time.

"We beat them 7-1 which was obviously good, but we now have to use that as confidence."

The 23-year-old joined the club during the summer as a centre-back, but he admits that he is enjoying adapting to the role of a defensive midfielder within John Coleman's squad.

"It's never been my actual position but I've had little stints there earlier in my career.

"I've been enjoying it and I feel as though I can get about the pitch a bit more, but I'm still learning the position."

In recent weeks, Barclay has been partnered in the midfield by both Seamus Conneely and Sadou Diallo, and he admits that it's always good knowing you've got talented players around you.

"It probably would be better if I was playing with one player regularly, but the lads I've played in midfield with already are all good players so it's been fine." 

Either Stanley or Bolton will face Fleetwood Town in the Trophy Round of 16, but Barclay knows that full focus has to be on this round rather than the next.

"I think whoever it would have been, we would have approached this game the same and if we beat Bolton then we can focus on Fleetwood in the next round."

Despite not wanting to look too far ahead, Barclay also understands that this competition offers the club a good chance of getting to Wembley Stadium.

"We've got a good chance of getting to the latter stages of the competition, but we've got to focus on beating Bolton.

"However, this competition has to be viewed as a good chance for the club to get to Wembley Stadium."

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