Wigan loan shot-stopper Mike Pollitt is desperate to do everything he can for the Barnsley cause.
The 41-year-old keeper has been brought in to Oakwell to “take the pressure” off under-fire keeper Luke Steele after the Reds leaked an alarming number of goals in their opening few fixtures.
But even Pollitt couldn’t prevent Southampton from putting five past the Reds in a midweek mauling in the Capital One Cup second round.
Pollitt conceded on Saturday but the Reds battled bravely to clinch a 2-1 home win over Huddersfield Town in an entertaining Yorkshire derby.
It was the club’s first league win of the season.
“It was important to get the ‘monkey off the back’, it was that all-important first win,” reflected Pollitt, who started his career with Manchester United and has played at no fewer than 17 different clubs.”
Pollitt has joined the Reds on an initial 28-day loan spell, but that deal may be extended.
And Pollitt, who has also had spells with Chesterfield and Rotherham, is enjoying the chance to test himself in the Championship.
“I’ve not played that much over the last few years, but if you look at my career I’ve probably played over 500-odd games.
“But I’ve played two games in a week now, so it’s nice to have got that Saturday-afternoon feeling of running out and playing. And it’s even nicer when you get three points as well.”
Boss Flitcroft stressed that Steele took the news well that he was dropped in midweek, but Pollitt is hopeful his arrival can benefit Steele and back-up keeper Ben Alnwick.
“It’s football isn’t it [getting dropped]?” offered Pollitt. “If players go through their career without being dropped then they’ve done really well.
“Maybe it will do Luke coming out of the firing line having let in a few goals in.”