ROB Edwards has warned any side taking Barnsley for granted should so at their peril.
The Reds impressed at Nottingham Forest in their first Championship outing and tonight, in the Carlnig cup, host Morecambe Town in the first-ever meeting between the two clubs.
And Edwards, one of eight summer signings, is confident the Reds can spring a few surprises. “Nobody should write us off” he said.
“When I was at Blackpool we never took notice of the bookies. Two years ago we were one of the favourites to go down but we ended getting promoted to the Premier League. It would have been nice to get all three points at Forest at the weekend, but in the end we worked hard and got a good result.
“We went there to play a team with title aspirations and came back with a clean sheet and a point. It’s given us a good platform to build on. We defended well as a unit and now after a good pre-season, we’ve had the chance to really see where we’re at.”
Against Forest they looked tight at the back with Derby loan ace Miles Addison acting as a useful foil as a defensive midfielder in front of the back four.
“The Forest result showed that all the preparations and hard work had been worthwhile,” added Edwards.
Reds boss Keith Hill is looking for another strong performance, against the Shrimps to Oakwell tonight, (7.45pm).
Changes to his side might be on the horizon. “There were definitely one or two players who unlucky not to get in the side on Saturday, but during the season there will be plenty of rotation,” said Hill. “All the players believe in the squad. It’s a team game and there’s a belief we can all keep clean sheets this season.”
Reds midfielder David Perkins looks set to play against his former club since joining as a free agent from Colchester during the summer.