Barnsley boss Danny Wilson will not get carried away with his side’s promising start to the season.
The Reds have followed up back-to-back defeats – one in the league and one in the Capital One Cup – with a welcome three-match unbeaten run that has taken them to fifth in League One.
But Wilson is adamant his team are still a work-in-progress and have yet to fulfil their true potential.
Victory away to Yeovil Town at Huish Park tomorrow would only give Wilson extra satisfaction that the Reds are heading in the right direction for what he believes will be a tough campaign ahead.
“It’s very to make assumptions at this stage of the season that everything’s great, but we’ve only made an encouraging start,” stressed
Wilson, speaking exclusively to The Star ahead of his side’s long trip to Somerset to take on the Glovers.
“I’m happy with the recent performances and the seven points we’ve got, they’ve given the lads the confidence they need.
“But at the moment we’re still growing as a squad and there’s plenty of areas we can improve.”
Ever the perfectionist, by his own admission, Wilson still saw room for improvement despite an impressive 4-1 demolition of Gillingham at home last Saturday.
But the Reds’ manager has stressed he is not being critical, more realistic about the job in hand as he tries to guide the South Yorkshire side back into the Championship.
“We’ve put a group of lads together and they’re still learning at the moment and gelling together,” added Wilson. “I’m never critical of the players, but I am very realistic because I know how tough this league is. The key is to never be satisfied and always strive for better, which is what I ask my players to do.
“So far we haven’t kept a cleansheet, so we can improve on that. There’s always something you can work on, but the big plus is that all the strikers have scored.”
The Reds thumped the Glovers 4-1 on their travels last season with all four of their goals scored in the second half. And history is on Barnsley’s side for their last lost at Huish Park back in December 2005. Wilson will hope that run is extended with his team so far unbeaten away from this season.
James Bailey is missing for the journey south with a groin injury which Wilson expects to sideline the midfielder for up to a fortnight, while winger Keith Treacy is nursing a tight groin.
Yeovil have former Doncaster Rovers striker James Hayter amongst their ranks as well as ex-Rotherham loan centre-forward Sam Hoskins. And the Glovers, who have yet to win at home this season, go into the fixture in confident mood having gone unbeaten in their last two outings.
Meanwhile, Wilson has told The Star that he is trying to agree a loan extension for Hull City left-back Joe Dudgeon.
Dudgeon’s last game for the Reds is meant to be tomorrow, but Wilson is hopeful of keeping the player for longer.