Barnsley: Perkins ‘relief’ at Reds first victory since August

David Perkins is challenged by Boro's Richard Smallwood
David Perkins is challenged by Boro's Richard Smallwood
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Barnsley midfielder David Perkins has admitted that the club’s first win since the end of August was a “big relief” for him and his teammates.

The Reds led Middlesbrough 3-0 on Saturday, conceded two late goals and were forced to cling on for maximum points following a frantic finish at Oakwell.

A win took some of the pressure of under-fire boss David Flitcroft, with his side having not won in their previous six league outings.

“It was a massive game for us,” admitted Perkins. “If we’d have lost the game and still been on five points, then people started talking about a sack [for the manager David Flitcroft].

“So it’s a big relief for all the players [that we’ve got a win]. We’re all behind Flicker [Flitcroft] and all the staff.

“The boys dug in and it was a great result for us.

“There’s still a lot of work to be done, but we’re delighted with three points.”

Perkins hopes those three welcome points – the Reds’ first since beating Huddersfield Town 2-1 at home on 31 August – will re-ignite their Championship challenge.

And the former Chesterfield man stressed that the Reds have never been lacking spirit despite having made their worst start to a league season for nearly 50 years.

“The spirit has been good, it’s always been good though,” he said. “The boys have stuck together, we’ve worked hard over the international break and we’ve got our reward.

“We keep losing, so that’s why we’ve been at the bottom of the division. At the end of the day we’ve been conceding too many goals and we’ve addressed that.

“Our away form is not the best as well, but our home form has been pretty good performance-wise.

“It was brilliant to score three goals and to keep a cleansheet at half-time [against Middlesbrough] was fantastic, but we hung on a bit at the end.

“We’ve got to take the positives [from our win over Middlesbrough], but again we’ve conceded two goals.”