Reds manager Danny Wilson is desperate for his hit-and-miss side to find some consistency.
Barnsley slipped to a frustrating 1-0 defeat away to Doncaster Rovers in Saturday’s South Yorkshire clash.
And that’s now five matches without a league away win for the club who are hovering precariously in the standings, just three points above the relegation positions.
“We’re getting into great positions, but our final ball hasn’t been good enough,” said Wilson. “It’s been intermittent and, although we’ve looked good at the back, we’ve conceded some poor goals.
“It is frustrating because we’ve played well in a lot of matches this season and it’s the end product which is letting us down.”
Wilson hasn’t been helped by a string of injuries to key players, most notably star striker Sam Winnall. The former Scunthorpe United hitman – who has scored nine goals this season – has not played for nearly two months because of a hamstring injury.
The original diagnosis was a one-month spell on the sidelines, but Winnall is still yet to return.
Manchester United loan recruit Ben Pearson should return this weekend after an ankle injury forced him to miss the Rovers’ clash, but influential defenders Peter Ramage and Martin Cranie both remain injuried.
And to make matters even more problematic for Wilson, young defender Mason Holgate will now be missing for the club’s next three games.
Holgate was sent-off in the last minute of the weekend’s disappointing defeat to Rovers and the Reds have decided not to appeal the decision.
“It’s a shame because we’ve got a few injuries in the defence, but we’ll just have to get on with things,” said Wilson.
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