Barnsley: Steele vows to fight for Reds starting spot

Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele
Barnsley goalkeeper Luke Steele
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Luke Steele is fighting to win back a starting place at Barnsley.

And the former Manchester United shot-stopper is confident the misfiring Reds can get their stuttering season going.

“We’ll get ourselves out of it - we just need to find that magic ingredient that allows us to win games,” vowed Steele.

“I feel positive. I’ve been here before with the team not doing so well.

“You look at the Blackburn and Charlton games and they could have easily been a draw and a win.

“If we’d have got points from them both, then we would have been sitting on eight points, which means we wouldn’t be in the bottom three.

“But sometimes it does take that little bit of luck sometimes to give everybody the confidence.”

The Reds have yet to keep a clean-sheet in all 11 of their Championship matches so far this season, an area which manager David Flitcroft highlighted as a major concern after Saturday’s 2-0 away defeat to Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

Flitcroft’s side have leaked an alarming 32 goals in 13 matches in all competitions - and 27 goals in the league.

It’s little surprise the Reds are bottom of the division with a faltering defence, although to their credit the Flitcroft’s side have played better than some of their results deserve this term.

“At the moment, we’re still trying to be more solid at the back and get more clean sheets,” revealed Steele, who is sidelined with a back injury, but whom expects to be in contention for a recall after the current international break.

“That’s so important, but at the moment we’re not doing that. We know there’s a problem there and we’re working hard to solve it, but it’s not the end of the world.

“Sometimes you need to play around with combinations, whether you’re going to play with three at the back or four.”