Roc-bottom Barnsley face two toughies

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Barnsley striker Jason Scotland has admitted boss David Flitcroft is “under pressure” to keep his job.

But the experienced professional is adamant the club’s players will do everything they can to help achieve the results they so desperately need after a poor start to the new season which sees the Reds bottom of the Championship.

“I’m a senior player and I know the gaffer is under pressure because we’re losing week-in, week out,” admitted Scotland.

“The fans are going to be disappointed we’re conceded a lot of goals, but if we can get tight and solid hopefully we can get some confidence from that.

“The players are not happy, but we’ve not started pointing fingers because nobody likes losing, especially when we’re getting battered 5-0 or 5-1.

“It’s only us who can put it right and we still have a chance to do that. .”

The Reds host sixth-placed Reading tonight having lost their last four and seven of their nine Championship matches.

But former Trinidad and Tobago international Scotland, who has scored in his last two games, is confident the Reds can raise their game against two of the bigger clubs in the division - they visit QPR on Saturday.

“We know it’s tough, but as a player you relish the challenge,” stressed Scotland.

“You’re up for these games. As a player these are the games you think you can get something out of.

“Teams found it difficult [at Oakwell] last season. Hull, Brighton and Watfordall found it tough, so hopefully we can give the performances against the ‘bigger’ teams.

“Sometimes we seem to not play well against the teams at the bottom and for some reason we only seem to bring out our A-game against the better teams.”

Norway international striker Marcus Pedersen could return having missed four matches with a foot injury. But centre-back Jean-Yves M’voto, injured at Leicester and loan defender Peter Ramage, hurt in the pre-match warm-upare doubts. The Reds have not beaten Reading in the last six meetings and last beat the Royals at home in September 1988.