Barnsley’s defensive frailties have been there for all to see so far.
But boss David Flitcroft is confident the Reds will start to show the form which helped them retain their Championship status last season from a seemingly impossible position.
“We’ve still got players finding their feet” Flitcroft said. “Marcus Pedersen is still adjusting the pace of the games and Jean-Yves M’voto has only played a few games. It takes 20 games before you find your feet in this league. But I feel as though we’ve got a good number of projects to work on at the club.
“I’m happy with the squad, but I’m not afraid to change things if we need too. If we need to strengthen, I will.”
Last Saturday’s 2-1 home win over Hudderfield Town was a welcome victory – the Reds’ first in five games in the league – and gave the club the boost it needed.
But tougher tests are to come – and arguably not many more tougher than high-flying Nottingham Forest, a week today, opposition tipped to be pushing for Premier League promotion.
The Reds take on Forest at the City Ground knowing they will have to be firing on full cylinders to beat a side who have yet to lose at home in four outings this season.
Billy Davies’ outfit have won three and drawn one at home thus far and have only lost once in seven – a 2-1 away defeat to Wigan – just prior to the international break.
Flitcroft hopes to have a squad with a full bill of health after a fortnight break to evaluate what’s been good – and what’s been bad – so far.
Wales international defender Lewin Nyatanga and fellow centre-back Martin Cranie are both expected to be ready to return from respective knee injuries, while midfielders Kelvin Etuhu (hamstring) and David Perkins (dead leg) should also be fit.