Barnsley: Stopper warns rivals they’ll be hard to beat when Reds click into gear

Nick Townsend makes his Barnsley debut.
Nick Townsend makes his Barnsley debut.
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Barnsley goalkeeper Nick Townsend believes the club can be “unstoppable” when everything clicks into place.

The Reds have made a stuttering start to the new season with three defeats in their first six league games.

But promising performances in the Capital One Cup and Johnstone’s Paint Trophy have given welcome cause for optimism.

And with a young and hungry squad at manager Lee Johnson’s disposal, Townsend is confident the future can be bright at Oakwell.

“It [our best form] will come, but it’s going to take time,” offered Townsend, speaking to The Star. “We’ve got a very young squad, but we’re all very ambitious and confident we can do very well this season. We’ve got some very talented players, some of whom are scarily talented to be honest.

“The likes of Dan Crowley and the two Manchester United boys [Ben Pearson and Joe Rothwell] are excellent players. It’s not have if we’re lacking talent, but maybe we just need that bit of experience in there – and that only comes with games.

“You know, when you’re under pressure you’ve got to be able to keep a cool head and see out games.

“But the more we play together, the better at that we’ll get. I genuinely believe that everyone needs to be patient because when everything does click we can be unstoppable.”

Townsend impressed on his initial loan spell from Birmingham City, so much so that Johnson offered the 20-year-old a three-year deal. And now the shot-stopper is working hard to try and become the Reds’ No 1, ahead of current starter Adam Davies.

“It’s a great challenge for me and one which I’m looking forward too,” admitted Townsend, speaking ahead of tomorrow’s home clash with Swindon Town.

“We’ve got a lot of new players in the squad, so it’s going to take a few games for everyone to settle and for us to get into a rhythm.

“But when that comes I think we’ll show a lot of teams how good we can be.”

“It’s exciting to be part of such an exciting squad.

“We’ve got to all look after each other this season and work together to be successful.”

Meanwhile, the Reds’ Johnstone’s Paint Trophy second round clash away to Bradford City has been confirmed for Tuesday 6th October.