Barnsley: Reds can handle the step up, says Josh Scowen

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Reds midfielder Josh Scowen is confident the Reds have what it takes to step up to the Championship this season.

Paul Heckingbottom’s side have had a mixed bag of results during their pre-season friendlies, winning four on the bounce against lower level opposition before losing 3-0 to Everton and drawing 2-2 to Hull City.

Scowen was part of the side that were cruelly denied victory by a late Tigers’ equaliser on Tuesday night at Oakwell.

But it is the performance against the Premier League outfit that gives the 23-year-old the belief that Barnsley can compete on their return to the second tier of English football.

“Scoring two goals against a Premier League side is a good sign heading into the league,” said Scowen, who featured 43 times for the Reds last term.

“I think we learned a lot more from the games against Everton and Hull than the ones against the non-league sides.

“We’re getting goals and if we can cut out that little bit of miscommunication at the back we’ll be looking good.

“We’ll be trying to pick up from where we left off last year and feed off that buzz around the place.”

Scowen was taken out of his favoured central midfield role during Barnsley’s successful season last year - playing at right back.

The Reds head to Peterborough United on Saturday in what will be Scowen’s last chance to impress manager Heckingbottom before the Reds’ Championship curtain raiser at Portman Road on the opening day.

Despite adding additional depth in the centre of the park with the summer signing of George Moncur, Scowen is hopeful he done enough to feature against Ipswich.

“Hopefully I’ve done enough in there [central midfield] to cement my place,” he said.

“I’ve got one more game to show what I can do.”