BARNSLEY boss Mark Robins has called for his side to bounce back from their midweek defeat to QPR with a rousing performance away to Middlesbrough on Saturday.
The Reds were edged 1-0 by the league-leading Hoops at Oakwell, but Robins’ batting charges could have easily picked up a point or more.
They dominated the game after the early lapse which allowed Hoops leading marksman Adel Taraabt to score after just 53 seconds.
But despite commanding the majority of possession the Reds were not clinical enough in front of goal.
Hoops keeper Paddy Kenny pulled off two fine saves to thwart Andy Gray and Marlon Harewood, but Robins is looking for more of a cutting edge against Tony Mowbray’s Boro side.
“I was pleased with everything we did aside from not sticking the ball in the back of the net,” reflected Robins.
“We’re trying to give the supporters what they want and the players are working as hard as they possibly can.”
Robins was able to give promising youngsters Reuben Noble-Lazarus and Jordan Clark some valuable game time with 13 minutes remaining against the Hoops.
And the Oakwell boss admits the Academy scholars could feature more this season with the club’s Championship status virtually secure.
Argentinean midfielder Hugo Colace is a major doubt for the weekend with a leg injury. Centre-back Stephen Foster is pushing hard for a recall.