Reds skipper in upbeat mood

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Barnsley skipper Stephen Dawson is confident the club can bounce back from their worst league start for 27 years.

The Reds have lost six of their eight Championship matches so far this season and won just once in the league in a poor start to the new campaign.

Last Saturday’s 5-1 drubbing at home to Watford last Saturday did little to help confidence in the Oakwell camp, but Dubliner Dawson saw some promising signs in the defeat to the Hornets.

“Of course Watford are a really good side and they’ve got quality right across the park, but we gave it a good go in patches [in that match], particularly in the second half, though by then we were already up against it,” reflected Dawson.

“On paper there might be a big difference between our squad and teams like Watford, but we’ve matched teams like that before so we should be able to do that again.

“We beat Watford last season, and got plenty of great results against teams who were up and around the top of the table.

“We’ve got to start recreating those type of performances, and the sooner the better.”

The Reds face Leicester City away on Saturday, followed by testing fixtures against league leaders QPR and high-fliers Reading.

Former Reds’ winger Martin Devaney has joined Hyde United FC who play in the Skrill Premier League.

Devaney, who played approaching 200 times for the Reds, was released by Kiddersminster Harriers in the summer.