It might have taken Barnsley a long time to get there but goalkeeper Luke Steele is hoping Tuesday’s Capital One Cup win can be the start of a lengthy unbeaten run.
Steele was nearly the villain but later the hero for the Reds as he missed his spot-kick then saved three from Scunthorpe in the sudden-death shoot-out, which the hosts eventually won 5-4 after the first-round tie had ended goalless after 120 minutes.
Now, despite no goals from open play in their opening two fixtures of the 2013/14 season, Steele believes Barnsley could be set for lift-off.
The 28-year-old stopper said: “Getting through on Tuesday was big for us.
“I can’t really say how disappointed we’d have been if we’d have lost the penalty shoot-out, but we didn’t and hopefully this will start something of a snowball effect now.
“We need to get a bit of a run going and hopefully it has started now.
“We played some good stuff on Tuesday, it was just a shame we couldn’t get the job done earlier in the game.
“We weren’t quite on our game on Saturday (when the Reds lost 4-0 at home to Wigan) but the confidence is still there.
“We’ve still got the majority of the players we had here last season so the mindset is the same - we know we’re capable of stringing a few results together.”
Steele is now closing in on his 200th appearance for the Reds after he initially joined the club on loan from West Brom in February, 2008. He has never featured in a penalty shoot-out during that time though.
“It was good to finally get through,” added Steele.
“Especially after I’d missed my spot-kick. It shows exactly how much character there is in the squad that we eventually pulled through.
“I’ve no preference as to who we might draw in the second round. You get who you get. I suppose another home draw is the best we can wish for though.”
Reds boss Dave Flitcroft remains similarly positive despite the lack of goals so far this term. A tough-looking Championship trip to Blackpool beckons on Saturday, but Flitcroft said: “I don’t do concern.
“We’ll just keep ploughing away. There is a determination within the squad to just keep getting better.”