STEPHEN Foster sees no reason why Barnsley can’t upset Championship leaders Cardiff City tonight.
Centre-back Foster, along with fellow defender Bobby Hassell, spearheaded a resilient defensive rearguard as the Reds earned themselves a point at Crystal Palace last weekend.
But the club’s quest to avoid relegation doesn’t get any easier with a tough test at the division’s title-favourites. And history is stacked against the Reds who have not beaten the Bluebirds in their last five meetings.
However, asked whether the Reds can cause an upset, Foster said confidently: “Why not? We go into every game wanting to pick up three points. I don’t suppose many teams expected us to get a result against Palace, so that’s why the point is very enjoyable.”
And on recent form you wouldn’t bet against the Reds picking up something, having beaten the likes of Brighton, Watford and Leicester City, teams all vying for a play-off place.
“In those wins we showed our great passing and pressing qualities,” added Foster. “Everyone seems to be winning and picking up results, but the other results last weekend didn’t go badly for us. But we’re just concentrating on our own games.
“Someone has said the bottom clubs are better this season as there’s no real gap between the middle of the table. I’ve never known a season like it. It’s going to difficult, but we’ve got to make sure we’re on our mettle to get a result.”
Foster saw plenty of positive signs in the club’s draw with the Eagles to move a point above the relegation with six league fixtures remaining.
“We had to dig in deep,” admitted Foster. “But we showed character. We didn’t keep the ball well enough and it was back to the walls at times, but all-in-all it’s enjoyable when you get a point.”
Defender Martin Cranie will miss tonight with a hamstring injury, while midfielder Reuben Noble-Lazarus (ankle), defender Rob Edwards (thigh), Paul Digby (hip), Scott Golbourne (knee) and defender Jimmy McNulty (ankle) are also unavailable for selection.
“Cardiff are the team of the season,” said Flitcroft. “Malky’s [Mackay] kept them focused where other teams have fell off, got that anxiety and not been able to keep that rhythm up.
“Malkay has been able to keep a brilliant momentum, which is what you need to get promoted. He’s been building that Championship team to get promoted. It’s another massive ask and test for us, one we’re looking forward too.”