Tomasz Cywka is adamant Barnsley have enough firepower to cause problems in the Championship this season despite a distinct problem finding the back of the net so far this term.
The Reds have failed to score in 300 minutes - five hours - of open play this term in all competitions, although they did triumph in the first round of the Capital One Cup thanks to a penalty shootout.
Polish winger Cywka bagged five goals last term for the Reds and is confident the goals will soon come. “We just need to get that first goal and then hopefully we get the momentum to score another one. We scored goals last season and we’ve kept the players who scored them. There’s definitely things we need to improve on. We need to work on that final pass to the striker, our finishing and our striking from distance. We still need to improve and I’m sure we can. We showed last season (we can improve) - and I am sure we will.
“It’s never easy in this division, but we’re only two league games into the season and there’s 40-odd to play.
“If we improve on the things we need to then we’ll be fine.”
The Reds were sunk by a cruel stoppage time own-goal away to Blackpool on Saturday in a 1-0 defeat. And that means that in two Championship matches the Reds - thumped 4-0 at home to Wigan on opening day - have conceded five goals and failed to score in the league.
“It was frustrating to lose against Blackpool and the fans are disappointed, but hopefully we won’t make the same mistake again” offered Cywka. “You’ve got to concentrate for the full 90 minutes and extra time, otherwise we’ll get punished. We created some good chances and were playing for a win, but we need to improve our finishing to get goals and points. I scored five last season, so I’d like to improve on that. But as long as we’re winning, then I’ll be happy.”