Barnsley: Dawson demands Oakwell response

Barnsley midfielder Stephen Dawson is targeting a cup run. Picture: Keith Turner.
Barnsley midfielder Stephen Dawson is targeting a cup run. Picture: Keith Turner.
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Stephen Dawson has challenged Barnsley to bounce back with a much-improved performance at home to Scunthorpe United in the Capital One Cup first round tonight.

Dubliner Dawson and his teammates were thumped 4-0 on the opening day of the new Championship season by Wigan Athletic on Saturday.

But there’s a chance for the Reds to restart their season with a welcome victory against The Iron at Oakwell tonight.

“There’s no use crying about our performance [against Wigan], well all know we could have done better,” stressed Dawson.

“We’ve got to look forward to Tuesday night now and give the fans something back, because they were great on Saturday even though we lost.

“To lose 4-0 was a killer and all the players were down, but we can’t turn back the hands of time. We’ve got to look forward and be positive. We’ve got to re-group and do a lot better.”

New signing Dale Jennings lasted less than five minutes of his debut as he was sent off for a careless two-footed challenge having been introduced as a second half substitute.

The former Bayern Munich winger is now suspended for the Reds’ next three matches, while defender Lewin Nyatanga has been ruled out for the next 10 days with a hamstring injury.

Midfielders Kelvin Etuhu (hamstring) and Paul Digby (thigh) are also missing for this evening’s match against their League Two visitors.

“We’re just going to take it game-by-game this season,” added Dawson. “At the end of the day losing to Wigan is not the be-all and end-all of the season. We got beat, but we’ll brush it aside and improve.

“Scunthorpe won [on opening day] so they’re going to be come into the game with a bit of confidence.

“I don’t think it’s going to probably be a walkover, but we need to put things right for our magnificent fans.

“We let the fans down on Saturday, but they stayed behind us and we want to get a good result.”

Reds boss David Flitcroft added: “What we need to do is concentrate on us and improve as a group. We lost three points against Wigan but there’s another 135 to go.”