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10 November 2012

New boy Simon delighted with Barnsley win

Town new boy Simon Church thanked the fans for their support after today’s 1-0 away win at Barnsley.

The Reading loanee played all 90 minutes on debut for the Terriers, grabbing the assist for Jermaine Beckford’s third of the season that secured all three points. 

“It was a great result and a great performance from the boys in a tough game,” the Welsh international told

“We knew it would be tough, but our supporters were great today – they got right behind us and that helped us through to the three points.

“The reception I’ve had from the fans on Twitter has been exceptional and then to see the backing today was tremendous too – it goes a long way. 

“There is a lot of quality in the side. When we won the Championship at Reading there were a lot of hard working 1-0 away wins and that’s what we had to do today. Sometimes seeing a game out like this doesn’t get enough praise. 

“It’s a very tough League, but the team is doing really well at the moment – we are in a great position at this stage in the season. Hopefully we can keep picking up points.” 

Church showcased his versatility throughout the game, starting on the right wing but also playing up front.

“That’s what I’m about. I’m a striker, but I’ve played on the right before and obviously Novak scored two in the last game so it would have been tough to move him! I was just really pleased to play and show people what I can do. Hopefully that is the start of good things.” 

Despite only featuring once for Premier League Reading this season, the forward seemed to have no problems with the hard fought game.

He continued: “I said before I came that I felt fit and strong; I’ve been playing for Wales and in the reserves. However, it’s not the same as coming here and playing at the weekend. I felt strong; I lagged a bit towards the end, but it was a tough game and I’m pleased to get through the 90 minutes.”

Church now has a week to get to know his new teammates a little better before Brighton visit West Yorkshire next Saturday.

“At times I was just shouting ‘give me the ball’!” he joked when asked if he knew his teammates’ names yet. “The players have been brilliant as well; they’ve accepted and welcomed me. It’s a really good club and to get the win on my debut was great – the only way it could have been any better was if I scored! 

“Now I’ve had a bit of time to settle in and a game under my belt, the others will come quick. I couldn’t ask for more. 

“I know I’m only here for a month at the moment, but I want to give it my all. I’ve been waiting for my chance to play football and now I’m going to give me all. Perhaps something will happen at the end of it, but that’s up to everyone else; I’ll keep my head down, work hard and take my chances when they come.”

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