Barnsley: Danny Wilson wants Reds to be stronger at back

Barnsley boss Danny Wilson.
Barnsley boss Danny Wilson.
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Barnsley boss Danny Wilson has stressed his side will have to improve defensively if they’re going to bounce backs from a worrying start to the season.

The Reds have lost both of their opening two games, conceded two goals and have yet to score.

But it’s still early days at Oakwell for Wilson’s new-look squad to find their feet – and the manager is confident the right results will come.

“We’ll get there,” said Wilson. “Football-wise it’s been good at times, but we’ll have to tighten up our defensive display.

“There’s one thing we do know - and that is that we’ll get better.

“In the meantime, we have to make sure if we aren’t scoring goals that we aren’t as loose.”

The Reds created plenty of chances on Tuesday night at home to Crewe Alexandra in the Capital One Cup.

But the result, a 1-0 defeat, was the same scoreline as the Reds’ opening day League One defeat to Crawley Town.

However, two defeats in the space of four days can be rectified on Saturday if Wilson’s charges pick up their first win of the season against Crewe again, this time in the League at the Alexandra Stadium.

Striker Kane Hemmings could be in line to make his debut for the Reds at the weekend having recovered from an ankle injury, but winger Dale Jennings still has two matches to serve of his three-match suspension for his red card against Crawley six days ago.

Meanwhile new signing Keith Treacy admits moving back to Sheffield was one of the reasons he finally joined Barnsley.

“One of the other things about moving over here was because I know Sheffield very well,” said Treacy, who had loan spells with Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United.

“It helps when you an area so well, it helps with the whole transition of moving clubs.”

“I’ve had interest from Barnsley before, but I don’t really know how close I was to signing in the past. This is a fresh start for me.”