No panic as Reds focus on survival

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BARNSLEY winger Jim O’Brien has stressed the club are not panicking in the wake of last weekend’s defeat to Ipswich Town.

Daryl Murphy’s second-half strike condemned the Reds to a seventh successive away loss and their ninth defeat in their last 12 outings.

But again Keith Hill’s injury-plagued team impressed in patches and could of snatched a draw if it had not been for a fine double save from keeper Arran Lee-Barratt.

“It would be good to say we’re safe mathematically, but no-one is panicking,” O’Brien, who featured as a late second-half substitute after recovering from a groin injury, admitted. “We’ve got enough quality in the squad to stay in the league but we just need to get a win, but that’s easier said than done at the minute.

“A lot of people are talking about it (getting dragged into a relegation scrap) but we’re not thinking about it like that. We’re just taking it every game as it comes and obviously we’re trying our best to get past this little sticky patch we’re on.”

The Reds are nine points ahead of third-from-bottom Bristol City with six games remaining in their bid to retain their Championship status.

They host West Ham on Good Friday.