Barnsley: Lowly Reds urged to think positive

Barnsley manager David Flitcroft.
Barnsley manager David Flitcroft.
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Barnsley director Don Rowing has stressed the club need to continue thinking positive in their quest to retain their Championship status.

The Reds have slipped to second from bottom in the league despite a battling 1-1 home draw with Derby County on Tuesday.

Now the club, who are one point adrift of safety, face a tough away trip to play-off chasing Nottingham Forest tomorrow.

“We’ve got three games left and we’ve got to think positive,” Rowing told The Star. “It was cruel the other night because I thought we deserved a win, but that’s football for you.

“We drew with Cardiff the other week [with a last minute equaliser] and they probably thought we were lucky to get a point.

“But we’ve had our fair share of setbacks at this club before and we always come out fighting. We’re experienced going down to the wire, but hopefully it doesn’t come to that.

“Our fate is still in our own hands. It’s hard to say how many points we’re going to need [to stay up], but we’ve just got to try and win as many games as we can.”

Now might just be the right time to play Forest, with Billy Davies’ side having lost their last two league fixtures against Cardiff City and Middlesbrough.

With three games remaining, Forest are just a point away from breaking in the top six, so there’s plenty to play for – and both clubs know it.

“It’s going to be a tough game for us, but one which we can win,” added Rowing.

“Some people are saying we need four, five or six points to stay up.

“Personally I think four points will be good enough, but it would be nice going into the Hull game [at home next Saturday] with a win against Forest.

“In an ideal world we’d win our next two games and then it doesn’t go down to the last game of the season.

“But we’ll keep fighting because we realise every game is massive now.”

The Reds are plagued with injuries for their final push for safety with six players sidelined, while midfielder Stephen Dawson won’t be able to return until the final game of the season against Huddersfield Town.

But the club’s fate might already have been sealed before Dawson has a chance to return from his three-match ban for his red card in the humiliating 6-0 Oakwell loss to Charlton Athletic.