Manager Danny Wilson hopes “the cream will rise to the top” at Barnsley under his expert guidance.
The Reds suffered a frustrating 5-3 defeat at home to high-fliers MK Dons on Saturday having at one stage been 5-0 down in the fixture.
But Wilson, whose side had gone five matches unbeaten before that loss, hopes his new-look squad will get better and better as the season progresses.
“It’s a very tight league and, the longer it goes on, teams will start to express themselves more and more,” said Wilson.
“Good players will get better and better and, as the season goes on you’ll see the cream rising to the top.
“I hope we’ve got a bit of cream in us to rise to the top, so to speak.”
But Wilson knows his side will have to improve defensively – as a collective unit – if they are to go stand any chance of being successful this term.
“Collectively we need to look at what we can do better as a team,” said Wilson.
“Mistakes will happen, but they shouldn’t cost you results.
“When you look back at some of the goals we’ve conceded [against MK Dons] then I think to myself ‘crikey, that’s not like us at all’.
“But this is not an easy league to play in. You’ve got to man up quickly, especially the younger players.
“We’ve got to take the result on the chin and hopefully learn from it.
“There’s no throwing teacups from me because it’s still a learning process for us all.
“We always know we can get goals, but when we concede five at home it’s hard to take.
“And so it’s about working hard collectively to cut out those mistakes.
“We’re a good tight squad and I know we can do that.”
The Reds look to get back on track in the league when they play Fleetwood Town tomorrow night at the Highbury Stadium.
But although the Cod Army have lost their last three matches and leaked five goals in the process, Wilson knows the Reds’ opponents are a strong force at home.
Manager Graham Alexander’s side have only lost once in four home fixtures.