Barnsley: Flitcroft can’t wait for Hoops test

David Flitcroft is calling on his players to rise to the occasion.
David Flitcroft is calling on his players to rise to the occasion.
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Barnsley boss David Flitcroft is relishing the challenge of trying to upset promotion-chasers Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road today.

The Reds have not won in their last 22 visits to West London and have lost their last eight matches in the capital.

But Flitcroft is optimistic his team can be successful on their travels after a welcome 1-1 home draw with Reading on Tuesday night.

The Hoops are second in the Championship and are so far unbeaten in the league in five outings this term.

“No one has penetrated them [QPR] this season and they’ll want to keep building that record,” said Flitcroft.

“But we want to break that cycle and trying to penetrating one of the best defences in the country and an England goalkeeper [Rob Green] in great form. I’m excited about trying to have a go at breaking that cycle.”

“It’s incredible they’ve started so defiantly, but it’s a great test for us and one that we’re going to embrace. We’re looking forward to giving QPR a good test.

“They want to get to the Premier League at the first calling. They’ve got a wealth of talent, a super budget to back that up and they’ll probably be investment in January to back that up to help get them over the line.

“But we’ve got good players and on our day we can be a match for anyone. We’ve got to come up with a game-plan to be very competitive against them.”

Jean-Yves M’voto is ruled out with an ankle problem while goalkeeper Luke Steele is likely to be a week away from a return from his back injury. Lewin Nyatanga will be ready for selection after the next international break.