Momentum is the key for Barnsley ahead of tough Peterborough test, says defender Lewin Nyatanga

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Barnsley defender Lewin Nyatanga is convinced “momentum” is now the key for Barnsley as they look to make it a hat-trick of league victories this weekend.

The Reds take on Peterborough United at London Road looking to build on welcome wins over Rochdale and Bradford City.

But centre-back Nyatanga knows the Reds’ task won’t get ay easier when they lock horns with high-flying Posh on Saturday.

Posh are second in League One, unbeaten in their last three league outings and thrashed Crawley Town 4-1 last weekend to continue their impressire start to the season.

Darren Ferguson’s side are also unbeaten in all of their six home league fixtures this term.

“We just need to keep progressing,” said Nyatanga.

“We’ve picked up six points from six in the league in our last two matches, which is great.

“But there’s a long way to go. We’ve only played 12 games of a possible 48 games, so we’ve got to keep going.

“We need to build on this momentum, keep working hard and I’m sure things will continue to improve for the whole team.

“We’ve shown we’ve got great character in this side. It’s not easy going a goal behind [against Bradford], especially at home when you need a win.

“It’s great we showed that determination, stuck in and got our reward. The lads are feeling confident with the way we’ve been playing after a bad run.”

Meanwhile, Reds’ skipper Martin Cranie has revealed he is enjoying playing alongside Nyatanga and a new-look back four - sometimes five when manager Danny Wilson plays wing-backs - this season.

And he believes the addition of experienced centre-back Peter Ramage - now in his second loan spell at Oakwell - can only help the team.

“I enjoy playing with Lewin and with Reece [Brown] and Joe [Dudgeon],

I’m sure we can form a good partnership this year. Hopefully we can concede as few goals as possible,” said Cranie.

“It’s difficult to get a partnership going because you play with a lot of different players in pre-season, but we’re improving and Rambo [Ramage] is a good addition for us.

“It’s a case of keeping those players, whoever the manager picks, on the pitch and keeping a settled back four.

“If we do that then we start to build good partnerships and find out each others strengths and weaknesses. Then we can go from there.”

The Reds squad will be taking on the Johnstone’s Paint Pot Challenge next Monday.

The challenge has been billed as a unique test of accuracy which sees 10 members of the squad trying to chip the ball into a giant inflatable paint pot. One lucky Barnsley supporter will join the players in attempting the challenge.