Barnsley: Rejuvenated Reds look to stretch unbeaten run

Martin Cranie shields the ball from Chris Humphrey. ''Picture by Dean Atkins
Martin Cranie shields the ball from Chris Humphrey. ''Picture by Dean Atkins
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Skipper Martin Cranie is hoping the resurgent Reds can maintain their “momentum” all the way to the end of the season.

An impressive eight-game unbeaten run sees the Reds sitting just one point off the play-off positions with eight games remaining.

And Cranie knows that the longer the club keep their unbeaten run going, then the better chance they’ll have of contesting for promotion after the last game of their League One campaign on Saturday May 2.

“We’ve got good momentum going at the minute,” said Cranie. “We’re going into games thinking we can beat anyone.

“It was a hard game [a 1-1 home draw against Preston North End on Saturday], but the way we played in the second half, well I think we deserved something out of it.

“We could have maybe gone on and won it at the end, but regardless I think that’s going to be a big point come the end of the season.

“We didn’t play very well the other night [away to Leyton Orient]. Maybe we’d have lost that game earlier in the season and maybe we’d have lost against Preston as well.

“But it just shows the spirit we’ve got in the team at the moment. Hopefully we can keep that going and be there or thereabouts [in the play-off mix] come the end of the season.”

Cranie and fellow centre-back Lewin Nyatanga have been key players for the Reds in recent weeks, with young full-backs Mason Holgate and George Smith having played their parts respectively as well, with keeper Adam Davies having sparkled between the posts.

Just two goals conceded in their last eight outings tells it’s own story, while the arrival of Declan John, on loan from Cardiff City, has added some welcome pace at left-back.

“If you look back about a month ago we were sitting about 19th in the table, but we’ve been on this great run and we’re just sitting outside the play-offs now,” reflected Cranie.

“But all we can do is try and keep on this run and take one game at a time.

“I’m really looking forward to the rest of the season and I truly believe we can get in there [the play-offs].”