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Barkhuizen: "I Couldn't Be Happier"

7 April 2017

Tom Barkhuizen was delighted to pick up the Sky Bet Championship player of the month for March after five goals in four games.

The forward made his first start of the season for North End against Fulham on Saturday 4th March, scoring in that game before adding four more to that tally in the remaining three games of the month. 
Barkhuizen becomes the second North End player to win the award in consecutive months after Aiden McGeady picked up the accolade for February. 
On collecting the award, the 23-year-old said: "You don't get too many months like that, it's not often that everything just seems to come together. I know that you have to enjoy it will you can because there will be times when it's not like that.
I couldn't be happier with how things have gone for me personally, obviously I would have preferred for us to pick up a few more points and be even closer to the top six but if someone had said to me you would score five goals in four games I would have bitten their hand off.
"Considering I hadn't really played a lot of football since November everything just seemed to click going forward. 
"I've had a few chances but the ones I have put away I have been really happy with and hopefully there's more to come now, like the other night against Bristol City. 
The former Morecambe man has scored a range of goals in recent weeks, something that he feels he has always had in his game. 
"I've always had that instinct in the box when the ball lands in an area and I just put it in which was like the one at Derby and the second one against Reading. The one at Fulham was a great ball from Geads [Aiden McGeady] and the first one at Reading it was more about getting a good connection and thankfully it went in the top corner.
"It's things like that that help me to remain confident and I think it shows that I am playing with a lot of confidence at the moment.
"I said after the Reading game that you had to ride the wave because it does go up and down, although I'm really enjoying it and I hope it keeps going. 
"As a forward player you want to score in every game but obviously it doesn't work like that. It was nice to get another one the other night and setting one up for Robbo [Callum Robinson]. That was more about showing that I'm not a selfish player, I do like to get an assist in as well. I'm just glad that the team's form and my form is good at the minute and hopefully we can have one big push now for the last six games." 

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