Striker Sam Winnall has called for Barnsley to get their season “into shape”.
Just one point from their last three outings has seen the hit-and-miss Reds slump to 19th in League One. But the former Scunthorpe United hitman, who has started seven of the club’s ten games so far this season, believes now is time the squad starting fulfilling their potential.
“We know where we are in the table is not where we want to be, especially where we don’t expect to be,” admitted Winnall.
“We’ve got high expectations on ourselves, individually and as a team, and we don’t believe our league position is a true reflection of how we’ve been playing.
“We’ve had a lot of new faces who have come through the door and it will take time to gel, but now we’ve got to kick on and try and really get our season into shape.
“We need to start getting the wins on the board.”
And Winnall, who netted 23 goals last season for The Iron but only one this term, is adamant mistakes have cost the Reds dear so far.
“It’s hard to put your finger one particular thing or one area where we’ve struggled,” offered Winnall. “But I think it’s just been a matter of mistakes costing us. That’s what happens at this level, those mistakes do tend to cost you. If we can eradicate a few of those mistakes I think we can be a solid force in this season.
“However, it’s all about eradicating those mistakes.”
The Reds host fourth-placed Swindon Town at Oakwell today, opponents who are on an impressive six-game unbeaten run in the league and whom have won three of their last four matches in all competitions.
The Robins stunned Sheffield United with a 5-2 win last Saturday and Reds’ boss Danny Wilson is well aware of the dangers is former club present.
“They’ll be coming here after a good midweek win, but they’re beatable,” said Wilson, who has a full compliment of player to choose from this weekend. We’ll get better as the season goes on, but you’re always looking for more.”