Barnsley boss Lee Johnson is convinced a long-overdue league win will turn the club’s faltering season around.
The Reds are second from bottom in the table after last Saturday’s frustrating 2-1 home defeat to Port Vale, a fixture the stats prove Johnson’s side dominated.
But “silly mistakes” are costing his team dear according to the manager – and he’s understandably desperate for the Reds to end a miserable run of EIGHT successive league defeats, the club’s worst losing run since 1959.
“We’ve just got to win – we all know that,” Johnson told The Star.
“And I do think when we get that win – and we will – that the tide will turn for us.
“When you’re flying the confidence is great and you don’t second guess anything.
“But when you’re losing and on a run like this you are probably second-guessing things and that’s led to a lot of mistakes.
“However, we’re still alive and we’ve got to keep fighting.
“The first aim is get that win and get out of the bottom four. We can’t look any further ahead than that at the moment.
“But I’m sure we’ll do that and we all know that a win stops the rot and gives everybody a lift. Me, the players and of course the fans.”
There were some boos from disgruntled Barnsley supporters after the weekend’s loss, but Johnson is happy to take the stick firmly on the chin when his side are not performing.
But he sees enough positives to believe the tide will turn and that the club can put this unenviable spell behind them.
“I’m a big boy, I know football is all about winning - and we’re not doing that at the minute,” added Johnson.
“I’ve seen a losing run like this before. As a player and as a manager, but all you can do is keep fighting and doing what you believe in.
“I talk to people for guidance, but I’m my own man and I’m doing everything I can to help us get out of this situation.
“I’ve had loads of messages of support – and I’ll just keep going.”