Barnsley: Confidence is key for Reds, says Nyatanga

Lewin Nyatanga.
Lewin Nyatanga.
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Lewin Nyatanga believes continued confidence has been the key to Barnsley’s recent momentum.

And the experienced Reds’ defender wants that momentum to carry on for as long as possible as the club continue their rise up the League One table.

Danny Wilson’s improving side are up to 11th in the standings having won two and drawn one of their last three league outings.

And a five-star win over Burton Albion in the FA Cup first round means it’s four games unbeaten for the resurgent Reds.

Speaking exclusively to The Star, Nyatnaga said: “We’re getting results. It’s been a lot better, what we’ve been hoping for. Our performances have given us confidence - and that’s massive at whatever level of football you play at.

“All the lads are confident at the minute. We’re scoring goals and that gives us the confidence that we’re going to win games. It’s great when you have confidence because that extra belief is there. We’re playing well and scoring goals because we have so much pace up front. It troubles teams.”

Indeed, with strike duo Sam Winnall and Devante Cole netting goals for run right now, the Reds pose a dangerous threat up front.

And at the back Nyatanga, alongside Peter Ramage in central defence, the Reds have looked more assured.

Clean-sheets in victories against Sheffield United and then Burton have been proof of improvement, while skipper Martin Cranie has fitted in seamlessly at right-back instead of the hit-and-miss Reece Brown.

At left-back Hull City loanee Joe Dudgeon has won his starting place back and is excelling, with the Barnsley back four looking more organised that on many occasions this season.

“We’re getting better at the back, it’s helped getting a settled back four and having that continuity,” reflected Nyatanga.

“Rambo [Ramage] has made a big difference for us. He’s a very experienced player and I’ve enjoyed playing next to him.

“He’s been there and done it. He’s vocal and helps organise. You need that experience and I think it’s definitely helped us.

“Rambo’s a great character and been an excellent leader. It’s those smalls little things which really make a difference.

“We’ve got a very young squad. I think I’m the third oldest at 26, so it’s good to have a few older heads in the team.”

The Reds take on Chesterfield on Saturday in their second South Yorkshire derby of the season, with Fulham loan due Ryan Williams and Marcello Trotta expected to push for places in the match-day squad having returned from international duty.