Barnsley: Flitcroft hoping the international break will ‘re-group’ Reds

David Flitcroft tells his players to use their heads at QPR.
David Flitcroft tells his players to use their heads at QPR.
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Barnsley boss David Flitcroft has stressed he and his struggling side will “re-group” during the international break.

And Flitcroft is quietly confident the misfiring Reds will come back stronger for it after their frustrating start to the new season.

Just five points from a possible 33 points tells it’s own bleak story so far, with an alarming 27 goals league in the league in 11 outings.

Eight defeats, two draws and only one win thus far is the reason the South Yorkshire outfit is rooted to the foot of the Championship with nearly almost a quarter of the season gone.

It’s worrying times at Oakwell after their worst start to a league season for nearly 50 years, but the Reds will feel they can pick-up some points against Middlesbrough, local rivals Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich in their next three games.

“We’ll re-group this team and make sure we’re competitive [after the international break],” said Flitcroft.

“These are a group of players that are willing and they want to do well. But you can’t switch off for half a second off in this league against the best teams because they punish you. We’ve got to be better at our detail. That’s something that I’ve re-iterated to the players.”

Flitcroft is looking at the possibility of getting some of his players out on loan having brought in four new loan recruits – and remains keen to find a loan left-back following the departure of Scott Golbourne to Wolves.

“It could be a possibility that we could get a few players out on loan,” added Flitcroft.

“We’re going to sit tight this week [in terms of a new left-back], but we’ve got a few irons in the fire with it. We’ve had some maybes, so we’ll see where we are with that one at the back end of next week.”

Defender Peter Ramage hobbled off with a thigh injury in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat at Queens Park Rangers. Flitcroft is hopeful the break will give Ramage, Luke Steele (back) and Lewin Nyatanga (knee) to recover from their injuries.