BARNSLEY boss David Flitcroft will have to go with what he’s got for today’s home clash with Charlton Athletic.
Flitcroft is missing eight players with injury ahead of the visit of the Addicks to Oakwell.
But the manager is quietly confident his side can get the three points they crave to continue their rise up the table, although he’s stressed to his players that he won’t tolerate complacency.
“Usually when you’re in a dogfight like this, everybody says, ‘just beat the teams down there and you’ll stay up’ but it doesn’t happen like that,” said Flitcroft.
“There are Premier League teams in this division.
“You’ve got to face them – you can’t be fearful of them and we’re earning points.
“The pressure to get out of this league is incredible. The pressure on managers from owners is more than the pressure we’re going through at the bottom and we’re certainly feeding off that.
“We’ve met some edgy teams, nervous managers and nervous players who are finding it difficult to get over the line. But that’s playing into our hands.”
A fine win over promotion-chasers Leicester City, followed by gutsy draws away to Crystal Palace and league leaders Cardiff City sees Flitcroft’s battling side two points above the drop zone with five fixtures to play. And three of them are at home, starting with Charlton’s visit today.
For goalkeeper Luke Steele, the challenge of trying to help the club to retain their Championship status couldn’t be any bigger.
“It’s nice to have something to play for in a strange way,” said Steele. “Every game is massive.
“Charlton at home is going to be a really tough game, but we’re playing well at home.
“There’s so many teams who want to stay in this league. Everyone is fighting and no one is going down easily.
“We underachieved for losing at the start of the season and now we’re making up for that but since January 1 we’ve been flying.”