Keep your ‘eye on the ball’ order after slip-up

Bristol's Jon Stead heads home against Barnsley.
Bristol's Jon Stead heads home against Barnsley.
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BARNSLEY director Don Rowing has warned against complacency after the club’s nine-game unbeaten run came to an end last weekend.

A 5-3 defeat at fellow strugglers Bristol City also ended a run of six successive victories for the Reds.

But Rowing, who has been involved in many a relegation battle in his time with the club, knows there is still plenty to play for with 13 league fixtures remaining this season.

“We’ve got to keep our eye on the ball,” stressed Rowing. “Saturday was a hiccup for us, but I’m sure we’ll bounce back from the defeat.

“We’ve had a great run, but we’re not silly. We don’t expect to win every game and we know we’re going to have to fight for everything from now until the end of the season.”

The Reds found themselves 4-0 down to the Robins before they responded with all three substitutes getting on the scoresheet to add respectability to the scoreline.

But it couldn’t disguise the Reds leaking five goals after a run in the league which has seen them climb two points clear of the relegation zone.

And Rowing knows the Reds will have to get many more points on the board if they are going to retain their Championship status.

“We’ve got to keep pushing right until the end of the season,” added Rowing, who revealed that no contract talks will be concluded until the end of the season.

“We’re not going to be looking at contracts at this stage, we’ve got more pressing matters.

“A lot depends on whether we stay in this division. We’re confident we will and then we’ll be in a better position to offer contracts.”

The Reds return to action on Saturday at home to Bolton, opponents they drew 1-1 with earlier this season.

For the first time former striker Craig Davies, who joined the Trotters in the transfer window, returns to face his former teammates at Oakwell.