Barnsley: Reds boss wants second half repeat

Jacob Mellis
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Barnsley boss David Flitcroft has called for his side to show more bravery as they continue to try and haul themselves out of the Championship relegation zone.

The Reds struggled to get going in the first half of last Friday night’s away clash with Ipswich Town but a much-improved second-half performance saw them fight back from a goal down to rescue a point.

“We’ve got to show that sort of bravery (which we showed in the second half) over longer periods,” demanded Flitcroft. “We’re really together as a group and we’re getting better.”

The Reds had lost all six of their away fixtures before the 1-1 draw at Portman Road.

But Flitcroft stressed there was no relief in ending that miserable run.

“I don’t do relief, it’s an emotion I don’t really do,” he added. ‘I just want to see this group improving. I know we’re a good team.

“We’ve not got enough points on the board – and I want those points on the board. I really do.

“We’ve got a settled side now, a settled back four and are unbeaten in three, so now we’ve got to turn the draws into wins. That’s the next challenge for us.”

Five points from their last three matches is a marked improvement for the Reds, but the club are still third from bottom in the division and have plenty of hard work to do to get themselves out of trouble.

Midfielder Jacob Mellis sustained an ankle injury at Ipswich which makes him a doubt for Saturday’s South Yorkshire derby with Doncaster Rovers at Oakwell.

Jim O’Brien, scorer of the goal that earned the Reds a point on Friday, could be a ready-made replacement in if Mellis has suffered ligament damage and is unfit to play.

Playmaker Paddy McCourt, replaced late on, is nursing a muscle injury.