Chris O’Grady has acknowledged Barnsley can ill-afford to keep squandering leads in their battle to stay up as they prepare to face fellow Championship strugglers Doncaster Rovers this afternoon.
Danny Wilson’s troops have let slip winning positions in their last two outings at Oakwell, dropping priceless points against Blackburn Rovers and Ipswich Town. Sandwiched in between those two fixtures was the South Yorkshire derby at O’Grady’s former club Sheffield Wednesday which Barnsley lost in the dying minutes.
Eleven-goal striker O’Grady said: “If we keep getting leads and throwing them away, there is only one way it is going to end up [relegation]. We need to turn that around. We conceded one goal against Ipswich and it obviously affected us, maybe subconsciously.”
Emmanuel Frimpong is available for selection following a ban while Jack Hunt, on loan from Crystal Palace, is expected to shake off an ankle injury he sustained in the draw with Ipswich Town last weekend.
The Reds sit second-from-bottom in the division, five points shy of safety and seven adrift of South Yorkshire neighbours Rovers.
O’Grady, linked with several other Championship clubs in the January transfer window, said: “It is vitally important we don’t allow them to pull away from us.”
Barnsley head to Rovers boasting the worst away record in the second-tier of English football, having only triumphed on the road once all season and that came at Brighton and Hove Albion on December 3.