Barnsley: Reds look for defensive improvement

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BARNSLEY have a defensive problem - and they need to sort it out soon.

The Reds have leaked an alarming 12 goals in their four outings in the Championship so far this season, the latest being the 5-2 defeat at Blackburn.

Those five goals were conceded with 10 man after Jean-Yves M’voto’s 16th minute sending off for a foul on Jordan Rhodes but already this term there have been plenty of problems at the back.

Boss David Flitcroft said he would appeal M’voto’s red card but the likely outcome is that he’ll lose his second player this season to suspension, this one being a one-match ban which means missing tonight’s Capital One Cup tie at home to Southampton.

Winger Dale Jennings, sent off on the opening day in a 4-0 drubbing by Wigan, was available at the weekend after his three-match suspension but didn’t even make the subs’ bench.

Just one point from four games is not a crisis but it’s certainly a worry with the Reds having yet to fully fire and they find themselves bottom.

However, the Reds need to find their feet - and quicker rather than slower as they try and haul themselves away from the bottom of the pile.

But it’s still early days of course and Flitcroft has strengthened his squad with the new signings of Jennings, M’voto, Chris O’Grady, Lewin Nyatanga and the two recent ones in midfielder Paddy McCourt and striker Marcus Pedersen.

Wales international Nyatanga could return in place of M’voto against the Saints who could include their new £15m striker Daniel Pablo Osvaldo, signed last week from Roma.

Former Celtic midfielder McCourt could be handed his home debut, as could Pederson, the Norwegian international striker who was an early substitute on Saturday.

Centre-back Martin Cranie remains sidelined with a knee injury and midfielder Jacob Mellis is a doubt.