Barnsley: O’Grady wants his side to raise their game at high-flyers

Chris O'Grady
Chris O'Grady
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Barnsley striker Chris O’Grady wants the club to start firing on all cylinders.

And the former Sheffield Wednesday man is confident a first league win, at high flying Nottingham Forest on Saturday, will provide the Reds with plenty of confidence.

“There’s quality in this division, but it is no tougher than in previous seasons,” O’Grady said.

“The competition is fierce, but really it is up to us to raise our games.

“We want to get all the doubts out of the way and start looking up rather than downwards.

“It’s all about momentum really. We had that last season - and that was only halted by the season finishing.

“The momentum we maybe assumed, or hoped would carry on for this season, hasn’t quite panned out because of the three-month break. But we’ve got quality in this squad and all the lads know what we can achieve if we play to our potential.

It’s up to us.”

The Reds take on Forest knowing they will have to perform to their best to beat a side who have yet to lose at home in four outings.

Billy Davies’ outfit have won three and drawn one at home.

Reds boss David Flitcroft hopes to have a squad with a full bill of health.

Wales international defender Lewin Nyatanga and fellow centre-back Martin Cranie are both expected to be ready after knee injuries, while midfielders Kelvin Etuhu (hamstring) and David Perkins (dead leg) should be fit.

Crystal Palace loan defender Peter Ramage could make his debut on Saturday, while keeper Luke Steele is pushing hard to retain a starting place having been replaced by Wigan loan shot-stopper Mike Pollitt.

One thing’s for sure, Flitcroft will need as many of his players fit and ready for action this season in what promises to be another testing challenge to stay in the English second tier.