Don’t panic, says Reds defender

Tom Kennedy
Tom Kennedy
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Tom Kennedy has no doubts Barnsley will revive their stuttering season.

And the Reds defender has stressed it’s important “to not panic” after a frustrating start to this year’s Championship campaign.

Speaking exclusively to The Star, Kennedy revealed: “One win could change our season. Winning breeds confidence in my eyes and if we get that win we’re looking for then we could get on a roll.

“The important thing is to not panic. Nobody likes losing and it has been really tough, but I know we’re going to turn things around. The encouraging thing for me is that our performances have been improving and we’ve started to see some of the form we showed at the end of last season [to avoid relegation] creep in.

“We’ve been working exceptionally hard to put things right. It’s not got to the stage where we’re putting pressure on ourselves by saying that matches are ‘must-win’, but I don’t mind if we did because sometimes that brings the best out of us.”

Barnsley are ooted to the bottom of the table with one win from 11 league outings, and Kennedy could be forgiven for getting down in the dumps about the team’s form.

But the confident left-back is backing under-fire boss David Flitcroft and his teammates to get back on track. And that starts with a win at home to Middlesbrough on Saturday.

“If you feel down then it affects you and everyone around you,” stressed Kennedy. “Winning and losing affects family life as well. There’s such a massive difference and feeling at home when you come home and your family know you’ve lost compared to when you’ve won.

“But I’ve always had this rule that you shouldn’t get too high when you win and you shouldn’t get too low when you lose.

“In this game things can change so quickly. You only have to look at what’s happened at Millwall.

“Their manager [Steve Lomas] was under pressure and then they got a couple of good results and shot up the table. That’s all it takes sometimes to get things going again.”

“I believe we’re a team who thrives on confidence and plays better with it, so that’s something we’ve been trying hard to get back.

“We know it’s not going to be easy but we’re confident we can get the right result we’re looking for against Middlesborough and also Sheffield Wednesday after that.”