Barnsley: Under pressure Flitcroft seeks new Reds recruits

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Under-fire Barnsley boss David Flitcroft has identified further new loan signings as he looks to haul his side off the foot of the Championship table.

The Reds secured a well-deserved point in a 1-1 home draw with high-fliers Reading at Oakwell in midweek.

Chris O'Grady celebrates his late leveller against Reading.

Chris O'Grady celebrates his late leveller against Reading.

The result ended a run of four successive league defeats but wasn’t enough to move the Reds off the bottom of the pile.

And Flitcroft wants some new blood to re-energise his side for the hard slog ahead.

“We have got one loan left, which would give us five, and I might potentially carry six and shuffle the pack,” revealed Flitcroft. “At any stage of the season you might have four or five injuries and you have to cover them positions.”

The arrival of loan players Peter Ramage, Paddy McCourt, Marcus Pedersen and David Fox have been warmly-welcomed at Oakwell.

And Flitcroft was happy his side finally stopped the rot on Tuesday to give themselves a confidence boost ahead of Saturday’s daunting trip to Queen’s Park Rangers.

Amazingly the Reds last won at Loftus Road in January 1950 with a 5-0 triumph and have not won in their last 22 visits to the ground. The Hoops have won 19 of those 22 matches and are well-fancied to come out on top this weekend.

“I’m delighted with the way we played [against Reading],” added Flitcroft. “It’s what we are trying to represent as a football team, a football club.

“It was exciting to watch and it had the work ethic that we require. I’m delighted with how we played but disappointed not to have won the game.

“I see a team that is fighting and that is what they did but I was pleased with all aspects. The whole team was outstanding. I’m only looking forward.”