Barnsley: Nick looks forward after Ireland trip

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Barnsley made it a worthwhile trip to County Louth over the weekend as they cruised to a 4-1 friendly victory at Airtricity League of Ireland Premier Division outfit Dundalk.

Without Championship commitments due to their third-round FA Cup exit, Reds boss Danny Wilson flew his squad over to the Emerald Isle.

In the end, he used 16 players in the win in front of a crowd of 1,500 at Oriel Park.

The Reds had to come from behind, with Richard Towell firing the hosts in front from the edge of the box as he pounced on a loose ball in the 18th minute.

Just three minutes later it was 1-1, however, with Tomasz Cywka curling home a sublime free-kick after Danny Rose had been upended.

Just past the half-hour mark the Reds took the lead when Rose turned and smashed a low strike past keeper Peter Cherrie.

Wilson made a raft of substitutions after an hour, and one of the replacements - loan man Brek Shea - made it 3-1 as he beat sub keeper Gabriel Sava with his first touch.

Wide man Dale Jennings wrapped up a routine victory for the Reds with a well-taken stoppage-time effort.

New loan capture Nick Proschwitz - who joined Barnsley on Friday from Hull City and will be at Oakwell until the end of the season - remained an unused substitute in Dundalk.

But he has revealed that he is relishing the prospect of making an impact in the Championship over the next few months.

The 27-year-old German - who is in line to make his Reds bow in tomorrow’s home game against Blackburn - said: “I was pleased to join my new teammates for the trip to Ireland, and early impressions are very good.

“I feel confident that it can be a good final few months of the season.

“We’ve got big things to do if we’re to stay up, but everyone will give 110 per cent, work hard, and hopefully we’ll do it.

“When I spoke to the gaffer he was positive and is also confident we can survive, and I hope I can help with some goals in these final 21 games.

“The Championship is a tough league, and there are a lot of good, experienced players playing in it.

“But again, I think we can do enough.

“The manager has said that he feels I could enjoy a good partnership up front with Chris O’Grady.

“So let’s hope we get some goals between us and that the manager’s view turns out to be the case.”

Barnsley: Dibble (Steele), Nyatanga, M’voto, Cranie (Jennings), Dawson (Mellis), Noble-Lazarus, Digby, McCourt (Kennedy), Lawrence (Shea), Cywka, Rose. Unused subs: Ramage, O’Grady, Proschwitz, O’Brien.