Barnes backs Albion to join him in top flight

Ashley Barnes

Ashley Barnes

First published in Sport by , Chief sports reporter

Ashley Barnes has backed his former Albion team-mates to join him in the Premier League with Burnley after helping them reach the play-offs.

Barnes was badgered by his ex-colleagues all week, urging already promoted Burnley to take points off the Seagulls' play-off rivals Reading.

Burnley obliged by holding the Royals to a 2-2 draw at the Madejski Stadium, which combined with Albion's late 2-1 win at Nottingham Forest meant Oscar Garcia's side sneaked into sixth.

Striker Barnes, sold to Burnley in January, said: "I've had enough phone calls off them! Keith (Andrews), Wardy, Kaz, Bucks, Gordy (Greer), everybody basically. I said we'd try our best and we'd go out and win no matter what.

"I'm delighted for them and I hope they go all the way. I'm sure they've got a great chance, it's normally the ones that sneak in last who've got the momentum and I'm sure they'll do well.”

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1:46pm Sun 4 May 14

fratsomrover says...

Nice of Ash to wish his old colleagues support.
I wonder if we do go up, will he get two promotion medals, one for Burnley and one for Brighton ?
Mind you I wasn't smiling when he blazed the ball over Reading's bar from 12 yards with the goal open and the keeper on the floor. !!
That would have made our task so much easier.
Nice of Ash to wish his old colleagues support. I wonder if we do go up, will he get two promotion medals, one for Burnley and one for Brighton ? Mind you I wasn't smiling when he blazed the ball over Reading's bar from 12 yards with the goal open and the keeper on the floor. !! That would have made our task so much easier. fratsomrover
  • Score: 12

1:47pm Sun 4 May 14

Joel'sGrandad says...

Nice one, Ashley.
Still think you look better in the stripes, though. UTA
Nice one, Ashley. Still think you look better in the stripes, though. UTA Joel'sGrandad
  • Score: 11

4:24pm Sun 4 May 14

sussexram40 says...

Could be joining the great Gus in the Premier League.
Could be joining the great Gus in the Premier League. sussexram40
  • Score: -4

5:19pm Sun 4 May 14

Hovite says...

sussexram40 wrote:
Could be joining the great Gus in the Premier League.
No you won't, the Rams will fall at the final hurdle.
[quote][p][bold]sussexram40[/bold] wrote: Could be joining the great Gus in the Premier League.[/p][/quote]No you won't, the Rams will fall at the final hurdle. Hovite
  • Score: 4

6:33pm Sun 4 May 14

Reading fan in Brighton says...

Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!! Not a chance!!
Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!! Not a chance!! Reading fan in Brighton
  • Score: -17

7:02pm Sun 4 May 14

Bha1901ch says...

Reading fan in Brighton wrote:
Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!! Not a chance!!
Sour grapes
[quote][p][bold]Reading fan in Brighton[/bold] wrote: Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!! Not a chance!![/p][/quote]Sour grapes Bha1901ch
  • Score: 16

7:18pm Sun 4 May 14

Hovite says...

Reading fan in Brighton wrote:
Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!! Not a chance!!
I thought you would still be on the pitch celebrating reahing they playoffs.

# hilarious
[quote][p][bold]Reading fan in Brighton[/bold] wrote: Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!! Not a chance!![/p][/quote]I thought you would still be on the pitch celebrating reahing they playoffs. # hilarious Hovite
  • Score: 14

7:49pm Sun 4 May 14

Max Ripple says...

fratsomrover wrote:
Nice of Ash to wish his old colleagues support.
I wonder if we do go up, will he get two promotion medals, one for Burnley and one for Brighton ?
Mind you I wasn't smiling when he blazed the ball over Reading's bar from 12 yards with the goal open and the keeper on the floor. !!
That would have made our task so much easier.
I'm sure I saw him do that more than once at the Amex! Still, good on yer Ash. See you next season.
[quote][p][bold]fratsomrover[/bold] wrote: Nice of Ash to wish his old colleagues support. I wonder if we do go up, will he get two promotion medals, one for Burnley and one for Brighton ? Mind you I wasn't smiling when he blazed the ball over Reading's bar from 12 yards with the goal open and the keeper on the floor. !! That would have made our task so much easier.[/p][/quote]I'm sure I saw him do that more than once at the Amex! Still, good on yer Ash. See you next season. Max Ripple
  • Score: 1

10:26pm Sun 4 May 14

tug509 says...

Thanks AB ,i bet you get a few more calls to say Thanks !.
Thanks AB ,i bet you get a few more calls to say Thanks !. tug509
  • Score: 2

8:29am Mon 5 May 14

Reading fan in Brighton says...

Hovite wrote:
Reading fan in Brighton wrote:
Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!! Not a chance!!
I thought you would still be on the pitch celebrating reahing they playoffs.

# hilarious
And I thought you would be at school learning to spell!
[quote][p][bold]Hovite[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Reading fan in Brighton[/bold] wrote: Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!! Not a chance!![/p][/quote]I thought you would still be on the pitch celebrating reahing they playoffs. # hilarious[/p][/quote]And I thought you would be at school learning to spell! Reading fan in Brighton
  • Score: -1

10:52am Mon 5 May 14

Cap'n Pugwash says...

Reading fan in Brighton wrote:
Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!! Not a chance!!
Got to love the lottery that is the playoffs-only problem is, you've got to be in it to win. Got your tickets yet?

Thanks for the comedy moment that will live forever with football fans everywhere. Your pitch invasion is right up there with Cardiff's "Please stay off the pitch" announcement.

Thank you Reading for adding to a great day.
[quote][p][bold]Reading fan in Brighton[/bold] wrote: Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha!!!!! Not a chance!![/p][/quote]Got to love the lottery that is the playoffs-only problem is, you've got to be in it to win. Got your tickets yet? Thanks for the comedy moment that will live forever with football fans everywhere. Your pitch invasion is right up there with Cardiff's "Please stay off the pitch" announcement. Thank you Reading for adding to a great day. Cap'n Pugwash
  • Score: 5

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