LOAN defender Peter Ramage is convinced Barnsley have enough quality to avoid the dreaded drop.
A battling point at home to Ipswich Town at Oakwell on Saturday could have been so much more as the Reds threw away a healthy 2-0 lead.
But a 2-2 draw was enough for Danny Wilson’s battling side to claw a point closer to hauling themselves out of the relegation zone after fellow strugglers Millwall, Doncaster Rovers and Charlton Athletic all lost.
“Who knows how important that point will be at the end of the season?” offered Wilson. “We take the point and move on; we’re learning all the time.”
It’s a view which is shared by Ramage.
“It’s not a nice position to be in at the minute, it’s cr*p, but it’s what we’re dealt with right now and we’ve just got to get on with it,” said the experienced central defender.
“Unfortunately results are not going for us at the minute, although we have picked up some points.
“But I’ll sit here and argue with anybody who says the performances have been ‘poor’.
“There’s a couple of games where we haven’t played to our potential, but in general it just hasn’t gone for us.
“And that’s the reason we’re scratching our heads as to why we’re second bottom with nowhere near as many points as we should have.
“If I’m being honest I’d rather us play cr*p and win 1-0. So if we can start playing poorly and winning – well, we’d take it.”
The Reds are away to Doncaster Rovers on Saturday in their second South Yorkshire derby clash in the space of a fortnight.
And Ramage realises the importance of the fixture with Rovers also battling to avoid relegation. The result could have a big bearing on who stays up or goes down.
“We’ve got some massive games coming up, they come thick and fast over next few weeks, so we need to pick some points up,” he stressed.
“When we do start picking up those points, it will drag another couple of clubs out of their comfort zone and that little bit nearer to us.
“I’m massively confident we can stay up this year. You can see the quality in training. There’s more than enough in that group to get us out of the situation we find ourselves in.”
Former Arsenal midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong should be available for the Keepmoat clash after suspension but Jacob Mellis is suspended for two more matches.
Crystal Palace loan defender Jack Hunt is a doubt with an ankle injury after being replaced.