Barnsley boss David Flitcroft says he and his players are “aching” to get a much-needed win.
The Reds are rooted to the bottom of the Championship after eight defeats from 11 matches. But under-fire Flitcroft has “no doubt” that performances will improve and be the catalyst for a move out of the relegation zone.
“Five points isn’t good enough, we all know that” admitted Flitcroft. “But I’m looking at a picture which is improving all the time. I believe that if keep working hard, we keep detailing what we’re doing and keep looking for improvement in our work, then we’ll get there.
“The players are aching to get a win for the club and, as a management staff, we’re aching to get wins. We’re not leaving any stone unturned and we’re immersing ourselves in hard work.”
The Reds host Middlesbrough at Oakwell on Saturday, followed by a derby clash with Sheffield Wednesday.
And Flitcroft is confident the club’s forthcoming fixtures present his team with “a very good chance of being competitive”.
On the club’s website, Flitcroft added: “We’re desperate to win [against Middlesbrough and Sheffield Wednesday]. The work the lads have been putting in on the training ground will become evident. We’ve hit all the teams that have been in form, but I’m not going to bemoan that fact because we’ve not been good enough at certain aspects. We’ve not been good enough for 95 minutes – and that’s something we are going to get right. But we’ve got games coming up where we’ve got a very good chance of being competitive in.”
The Star understands keeper Luke Steele will not be fit to return from a back injury to feature in the Reds’ squad against Boro, while defender Lewin Nyatanga is struggling with a knee injury which has prevented him from making his league debut.
Meanwhile, defender Scott Wiseman looks to set to accept an offer to play for Gibraltar as they bid to quality for Euro 2016.
Wiseman’s mother was born in Gilbraltar, so the Reds’ 27-year-old right-back qualifies to play for the national side now they have been granted UEFA membership.