Barnsley: Struggling Reds seek home comforts

Dale Jennings is confident the Reds can beat the drop.
Dale Jennings is confident the Reds can beat the drop.
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Reds winger Dale Jennings believes strong home form is key to the club’s chances of Championship survival.

The Reds have been miserable on the road this season with just one away league win all season, the worst away record in the Football League.

But at Oakwell the South Yorkshire outfit have at least picked up some welcome wins and draws to boost their hopes of avoiding the dreaded drop.

“We’re looking forward to our home games now; they’re massive,” stressed Jennings to The Star.

“We’ve got Bournemouth [at home] next and that’s a massive game for us.

“If we can win all of our home games I feel as though we can climb out of the relegation zone.

“In the position we’re in at the minute, we’ll need to be winning games to survive and climb out of the relegation zone.

“Bournemouth and Yeovil, who are fighting relegation like us, are massive games.”

The Reds have lost their last two matches, beaten 3-0 by Leicester City and then Watford at the weekend. And Jennings was disappointed that the Reds didn’t perform against the Hornets on Saturday.

“It was disappointing to concede so early in the game. After that we just took a back seat,” admitted Jennings.

“We came out better in the second half and started to move the ball quicker, but they scored again and then there’s no way back really.

“I thought we were a bit unlucky at times, but I still thought the better team won. That’s two games on the bounce now without getting something, so we don’t want it to be three games on the bounce.”

Defender Peter Ramage could return to training this week as he continues his recovery from a hamstring injury.