Barnsley defender Hassell calls for consistency in squad next season

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Defender Bobby Hassell has urged Barnsley to adopt a “new” mentality if they’re going to stand any chance of finishing in the top half next season.

The Reds could still break into the top half of the league standings for the first time in five years if they can pick up the points in their seven remaining fixtures. But Hassell, sidelined with a re-occurrence of an injury to his left calf, is adamant things have got to change to make the club move up to another level.

“The Play-offs are out of the window now, but there’s 21 points still to play for and we’ve got to be aiming to get 21 points,” Hassell said. “At the start of the season we said 60 points was a realistic aim - it still is. But we had a disappointing start to the season and things spiralled from there, particularly for our away form. We’ve played some great football this season, but not been consistent. As players we’ve got to look at ourselves and ask why we’ve not done better.

“The mentality has to change, otherwise we’re not going to make the progress we want. The gaffer and players are ambitious. Hopefully we can finished the season strongly and come back stronger for next season.”

Hassell has been a mainstay of the Reds’ first team this season, but he was forced to have a painkilling injection at for an ankle swelling last Saturday. And he admitted that he’s unlikely to be available for the club’s next couple of games, at home to Bristol City and then against QPR at Oakwell on Tuesday.

“Hopefully I’m fit for the end of next week, but I’m not going to be ready for Saturday,” added Hassell. “I hurt my ankle and felt my calf go again, but thankfully it’s not as bad now. I can’t be too disappointed because I’ve played 35 out of 41 games this season.

“I’ve not really rested this season and I’ll always play when the team needs me, but hopefully I can get some rest with Kieran Trippier coming back in and be available for the last few games of the season. I’m doing some cross-training, but I’ve just got be careful I don’t aggravate the injury again.”