JOSH Scowen is looking forward to a return to his old stomping ground on Tuesday night, and he will be looking to replicate the stunning form he has already shown for QPR since he switched Oakwell for Loftus Road in the summer.
The 24 year-old has quickly established himself as one of the driving forces in the QPR side.
And while the R’s could only draw with Burton Albion in W12 at the weekend, Scowen put in another excellent display in the middle of the park, leading his new fans to vote him as their man of the match following the goalless draw.
“We were frustrated in the dressing room afterwards but that’s exactly what Burton came to do – frustrate us,” Scowen told www.qpr.co.uk.
“I thought overall we played well but we just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.
“They came for a point and, to be honest, they got what they deserved. We had a few half-chances but I think a draw was probably a fair result.
“But there’s a lot of positives for us going into tomorrow’s game and we’ll just keep going.”
His own form has certainly been cause for optimism amongst the R’s fans.
This is only Scowen’s second season playing at Championship level, and represents something of a steady rise for the Hertfordshire-born midfielder who was plying his trade in the seventh tier of English football just six years ago.
“It wasn’t that long ago I was playing in the Evo-Stik League on loan at Hemel Hempstead so I know how strange football can be,” he explained
“There are so many ups and downs – as quickly as you feel you are up there, you can be down again so I just keep my feet on the ground, work hard and enjoy my football.
“I have settled in rather easily here at QPR and it’s nice to come in to somewhere and be playing straight away.
“I can only thank the gaffer and all the staff who have helped me, plus all the boys as well. They have all made it easy for me to settle straight in.”
Having worked his way through the lower levels of the game, some may be surprised by how well Scowen is performing, although the player himself has always had belief in his ability – and has words of advice for any young players looking to progress in the game.
“I always knew I was capable,” he said. “A lot of it was about physicality. I’m only little so the physical side of the game is something I have had to work on and improve on.
“Going out on loan when I was younger really helped me to learn to handle men’s football. If any young player wants advice I would say to get out on loan and learn men’s football where three points matter.”
Scowen did that after coming through the ranks at Wycombe. Short-term spells with Hemel Hempstead and Eastbourne Borough enabled him to become a regular with the Chairboys before joining the Tykes in 2015.
And now he has them in his sights for QPR.
“I’m looking forward to the game, it will be nice to go back there,” he said.
“Hopefully I’ll get a good reception. I’ve got plenty of great memories from my time there so it will be nice to see some familiar faces.
“Barnsley are a good side. We’ve got to make sure we go there and play the way we have been playing this season.
“If we can do that then I think we’re more than good enough to come away with the three points.”
It wasn’t that long ago I was playing in the Evo-Stik League so I know how strange football can be.