BARNSLEY boss David Flitcroft hopes his side can clinch a league double over Middlesbrough tomorrow.
The Reds beat Boro 1-0 at Oakwell earlier in the season and face opponents who have lost their last four league games. But Flitcroft has told The Star that league form will be thrown out of the window when the two sides clash this weekend.
Boro are keen to get back on track with their top six place in jeopardy after their recent poor run, while the Reds have a chance to haul themselves out of the relegation zone if they win and other results go their way.
“Form doesn’t matter in this [Championship] league; it goes out of the window,” Flitcroft told The Star. “There’s a reason why Middlesbrough have not won, but that doesn’t matter because it’s going to be a tough match for us.
“[Middlesbrough boss] Tony Mowbray is one of the most hard-working managers I know; I always see him at games with his assistant Mark Venus are always at midweek matches watching teams.
“I’ve got a lot of admiration for him. He’s a very good manager and Tony loves a certain style of play.
“He’s always been supportive. He was when he loaned us Cameron Park last season.”
Flitcroft has no new injury worries ahead of Boro but revealed that defender Jimmy McNulty (knee) and midfielder Stephen Dawson (ankle ligament) are two and six weeks respectively from making their comebacks while young midfielder Paul Digby has had an operation for a tear in his hip and faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines.