Barnsley: Reds bond in adversity, says Alfie Mawson

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Skipper Alfie Mawson believes Barnsley’s slump has brought the squad closer together as they bid to end their barren spell.

The Reds are on a run of five straight defeats in the league, and a sixth against Scunthorpe on Saturday would be their worst period of form since the start of the 1986/87 season.

But Mawson is confident that the tight-knit group can turn things around with a positive result this weekend.

“The gaffer and the players are doing everything they can to keep it positive,” he told The Star.

“It’s not what we want, but we’ve been working hard this week and trying to keep the morale high and we’re just trying to go into Saturday’s game with a positive attitude.

“It’s been a test and if anything it’s brought us closer together because we know that the results and performances haven’t been up to our standards.

“We’re learning things about each other that we possibly didn’t know when we were winning and doing well. It’s not a great place to be at in terms of the table, but it’s still a great club and I feel like the only way is up.”

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The youthfulness of the Reds squad has been highlighted as a potential factor in their inability to convert good performances into results, and Mawson was a surprise choice when manager Lee Johnson named him club captain at the start of the season.

But the 21-year-old is determined to do his job and use the responsibility of the armband to steer his side through their current sticky spell.

“It was an honour to be named captain,” he said. “But it does give you a bit of added pressure because you want to be the one to lead the side through whatever obstacles lay ahead of you.

“The gaffer has instilled that faith in me to help me do so and I’m trying to repay that and help him get through it as well, because it’s tough on us and the staff.

Mawson also acknowledged the frustrations of the fans.

“I’d urge them to hang in there with us because all clubs go through these runs,” he sad.

“When we get out of it we’ll see the rewards when we work our way up the table.”