Barnsley: Dons battering in the past now, says Dudgeon

Joe Dudgeon.
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Joe Dudgeon is backing Barnsley to bounce back tonight with a welcome victory away to Fleetwood Town.

Hull City loan full-back Dudgeon, like his teammates, was left deflated after the Reds leaked five goals at home to MK Dons on Saturday.

But Danny Wilson’s new-look side at least took some credit from a disappointing defeat by scoring three goals in the last eight minutes to make the final scoreline somewhat more respectable at 5-3.

And now it’s back to League One business again as the Reds face the promoted Cod Army at the Highbury Stadium.

“We’ve moved on from the weekend, everybody has tried to put it [the result] behind them,” said Dudgeon.

“If you think about results like that too much you can get anxious, which is what nobody wants. It’s Fleetwood next and if we win away there then the game at the weekend will be forgotten.”

Dudgeon is delighted to have signed a loan extension at Oakwell until January and is now fully focused on impressing in League One having found himself surplus to requirements with the Tigers.

And the 23-year-old is hoping the stability of staying in South Yorkshire for the next three months can only help his own performances.

“I can’t get recalled to Hull, so it was good to get a deal done where I’m here until January,” added Dudgeon.

“There’s plenty of games now for me to get my head down. Hopefully we can have a great start to the season.”

Boss Wilson will be without the injured goalkeeper Ross Turnbull, winger Keith Treacy and midfielder James Bailey for tonight’s clash, but is confident there will be no hangover from the club’s weekend defeat.

“We’ve dusted ourselves down and prepared ourselves to get a good result against Fleetwood,” said Wilson.

“We’ve put the MK Dons result to bed now and we move on. It’s for us to respond now.”