Top half finish not beyond Reds - Rowing

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BARNSLEY director Don Rowing has no doubts the club can finish higher than last season’s final placing in the Championship.

In the 2009/10 campaign, the Reds finished 18th in the table with 54 points, but with eight games remaining only require eight more points to overhaul that tally.

Rowing believes a top half finish would be a “very good achievement” for the South Yorkshire club.

“We [the board] would all like to think that we could finish in the top half this season, there’s still a lot to play for,” said Rowing.

“But there’s no point setting targets now because we’ve still got eight games to go and anything can happen.

“Of course it would be nice to get 55 points or more, which would be our best finish since we’ve come back into the Championship.

“At the minute if we end up with say 56 or 57 points then we’d probably finish about 15th, which would be an excellent achievement.

“But there are no limits, Mark and the players are always trying to finish as high as they can.”

The Oakwell club have been back in the Championship for the last five seasons having won promotion from League One back in 2006. In that period, they have had to try and avoid relegation, albeit that doesn’t like it’s going to happen this season unless there is a drastic dip in form.

And having failed to finish higher than 18th in the past four seasons, anything above that would be a welcome improvement for the South Yorkshire club who have not managed to tally more than 55 points in those previous seasons after 46 games.

“We have been down there at the wrong end of the division, but it takes time to build and maintaining Championship status has been very important these last few years,” added Rowing.

“It’s not impossible for us to get to 55 points or pick up more. We have got some tough games coming up from now until the end of the season, but as always we’ll take one game at a time and see where we finish up.”