Stats a record Reds want to end

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Barnsley boss David Flitcroft doesn’t care about stats, he’s just focused on trying to guide his side to victory over Ipswich Town tonight.

A win at Portman Road would be the Reds’ first away win of the season after having lost six on the bounce so far.

In fact the Reds haven’t managed to pick up a point away yet as they languish second from bottom in the Championship and they haven’t kept a clean sheet in the league since April 27.

“Certainly we’ve got to get better at not conceding but that [April 27 stat] is in the past. We’ve just got to focus on keeping a cleansheet at Ipswich,” stressed Flitcroft.

“I know the stats are out there – and people love throwing stats at you – but we can’t do anything about them.

“What we can do is focus on Ipswich and keep to our plan to what we’re trying to do.

“Mick’ McCarthy’s been in there a while now and Ipswich do exactly what they say on the tin ‘Ronseal-esque’.

“They’ve got a lot of loyalty to each other, they’ve got a great work ethic and they’ve got good players who are working as one.

“We’ve had a good chance to watch them on a few occasions, so we know it’s going to be really tough head-on collision.”

Goalkeeper Luke Steele is missing with a back injury, while Crystal Palace loan defender Peter Ramage remains sidelined with a thigh injury.

Midfielder Paddy McCourt is a major doubt with a torn buttock muscle but defender Lewin Nyatanga, who played for the club’s Under-21 side in midweek, could return to the first-team squad having not played a league game this season because of a troublesome knee injury.

Reds skipper Martin Cranie used to play with Ipswich’s star striker David McGoldrick when he was a youngster.“I know McGoldrick well, he’s been doing well recently and getting a few goals,” said Cranie.“He’s going to be dangerous.”