‘Outstanding’ defender Crane could miss key trip to the Palace

Reds boss David Flitcroft
Reds boss David Flitcroft
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BARNSLEY boss David Flitcroft is sweating on defender Martin Cranie’s fitness ahead of Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace.

Victory over Leicester City saw the Reds climb out of the relegation zone. But the victory was at the expense of centre-back Cranie who hobbled off with a hamstring injury.

“Crane’s been outstanding,” said Flitcroft. “We have to assess him and make sure he’s up and running because he has been ridiculously consistent in his performance levels this season. We’ve got some tough travels coming up. We’ve got a long trip to Crystal Palace and then across to Cardiff, so we’re going to spending a lot of time on the bus.”

Flitcroft will be without defender Jimmy McNulty and midfielder Reuben Noble-Lazarus this weekend.

McNulty is still nursing an ankle injury while Noble-Lazarus is recovering from a similar problem he picked up in last Saturday’s defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

Defender Scott Golbourne (knee) and Paul Digby (groin/hip) are out for the rest of the season.

But Flitcroft is confident he has enough quality in hi squad to upset two of the Championship’s best sides this season.

“We’re growing in application and experience - and that will stand us in good stead” added Flitcroft. !The squad felt the pressure of letting everyone down on Saturday but they didn’t let me down. They can’t let me down this group, they’ve achieved so much already. We lost against Wednesday, but bounced back with a great win. We’re out of the bottom three and that’s a bonus for the guys.”

He added: “We don’t do losing well at this club. We’ll just keep cracking on.”