Barnsley: Dawson relishes challenge of plan to bring in new players

Barnsley's  Stephen Dawson fires wide against Derby.
Barnsley's Stephen Dawson fires wide against Derby.
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Midfielder Stephen Dawson has admitted Barnsley’s players are “fighting for their careers” after a miserable season so far.

New Reds’ boss Danny Wilson revealed he plans to freshen his struggling squad with new faces when the transfer window re-opens in January.

And Dubliner Dawson, who has been given a re-birth under Wilson, isn’t afraid of added competition at the club.

“We’re down and we’re low,” admitted Dawson. “I’m not going to say everything’s rosy and we’re all in great form, because we’re not.

“Our results are affecting us on and off the pitch. We’re bottom of the league and that’s not a nice feeling.

“I think we’re fighting for our careers anyway. It doesn’t matter who the manager brings in, as a group of players we’re bottom of the league and we can’t hide behind that fact.

“We’ve got to look at each other individually, collectively and say it’s not been good enough.

“The gaffer will bring in players, but I’m sure that’s only going to help the team.”

The Reds have picked up just one point from three matches since Wilson took over from David Flitcroft.

And next up is tough away trip to St Andrew’s to face Birmingham City on New Year’s Day.

Dawson admits the Reds are struggling for confidence – and a win – but knows three points against the Blues could be the boost they need.

“It’s disappointing we’re in that position at this stage in the season, but the one thing we can’t do as a group is give in,” stressed Dawson.

“I’m the sure the gaffer and the fans, and us as players, will believe we can sort things out. It’s only us [the players] who can change this.

“I don’t like referring back to last year, but the only positive was that we’ve been in this position before and we came out of it and avoided relegation. If we can get a win we can kick on and start getting up the league, which is what we desperately need at the minute.

“No matter whatever game you go into it, well you’ve got to believe you’re going to win.

“We’ve got to face some really good teams, but we’ve got to start believing that we can pick up some results.

“We need to start picking up results – and picking them up quickly.”

Dawson has started two of the Reds’ last three games and is hoping the squad soon rediscover the belief which will help haul themselves out of the bottom three.

“We’ve got to keep believing,” said Dawson. “I don’t think we’re too far off, but we’ve not been good enough in spells.

“Hopefully we can kick on at Birmingham. It would be great to repeat what we did there last time, but just to get a win would be nice. We’d take a 1-0 win and be happy with that.

“As a group of players it hasn’t been working, so fresh faces and a bit of competition will hopefully help the team out. We want to be safe come May, so we’re going to have to work really hard to achieve that.”