Reds target six points from Owls and Boro

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Barnsley return to domestic duty at home to Middlesbrough this Saturday.

And the Reds know they need some welcome points to get their stuttering season going.

The club have not won in their last six league matches, but Reds boss David Flitcroft will be confident his battling side can bounce back with a victory after a two-week international break – especially with home advantage in their next two games.

Local rivals Sheffield Wednesday are next up at Oakwell after Boro’s visit – and both of those matches are winnable for the Reds.

Six points would go a long way to helping the team climb the table and put them in a much healthier position with games against Ipswich and Doncaster just around the corner.

But Flitcroft’s side will have to bounce back without defender Peter Ramage who is likely to be out for two months with a torn thigh muscle.

Ramage hobbled off in the Reds’ last match, a 2-0 away defeat to Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road.

Ramage’s loss will be somebody else’s gain though with Jean-Yves M’voto, Martin Cranie, Bobby Hassell and, potentially, Lewin Nyatanga - if he recovers from a knee injury – all pushing to be the preferred centre-back pairing.

Cranie and M’voto look likely to get the nod, but club stalwart Hassell is back in the picture having been used as a substitute for the Reds last time out.

It was the 33-year-old’s first first-team action of the season having spent most of his time with the club’s development squad so far this term.

And his return to the first-team could be a timely one with Ramage now sidelined.

Keeper Luke Steele is still recovering from a back injury, but Flitcroft has no fresh injury concerns.

Last season the Reds beat Boro twice and will take confidence from that They beat Boro 3-2 away and 1-0 at home earlier in the campaign.