Chris O’Grady says Barnsley have rediscovered the “belief” which saw them avoid relegation last season.
Reds striker O’Grady has been in fine form this season with seven goals to his tally. And the former Sheffield Wednesday man hopes they’ll be plenty more goals to come as the Reds look to re-build after a tough start to the season.
“It’s been about trying to get that belief back,” revealed O’Grady. “We thought we’d carry on from where we left off from last season, but it just hasn’t happened. We’ve identified what we’ve been doing wrong and worked hard to put things right.”
That work can be seen in the Reds’ last three results, which yielded five points with a win over Middlesbrough and draws against the Owls and Ipswich Town. And O’Grady is confident the Reds can continue that momentum at home Doncaster Rovers on Saturday.
“We’ve shown some character” said O’Grady. “We’ve been leaking so many goals and that’s something we tried to address. It would be great to get that clean sheet against Doncaster.”
The Reds have not kept a cleansheet since April and have leaked 31 goals this season, the worst defensive record in the Championship and one of the worst in English football. But O’Grady said: “The goals are drying up against us, we’ve felt we’ve been close to getting a couple of clean sheets. We could have easily got one against Blackpool and Bournemouth. But those games have gone now and we’ve all been pleased with the way the last three have gone. Once we get a clean sheet we can start pushing up the table.”
O’Grady believes momentum and confidence is key to the Reds extending their three-match unbeaten run.
“Momentum is what we’re looking for. We’ve had a tough run of games to kick-off the season, but we’ve identified the last few games and the next few coming up as games we can pick up some points and get the results we’re looking for. We’ve shown we can compete against big clubs, but we all know we can do better. But we’re all desperate to show what we can do this season.”