‘Awful’ Reds determined to set record straight against Pompey

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BARNSLEY defender Scott Wiseman is backing the Reds to bounce back at home to Portsmouth this afternoon.

Wiseman and his teammates were “hurt” by Tuesday’s loss at Burnley, a performance which manager Keith Hill described as “awful”.

But the Reds were not allowed their customary day off from training on Wednesday as Hill rounded his troops for a special team meeting.

“We didn’t deserve to have the time off after Tuesday so we needed to come in and discuss what went wrong and where to go from there. I think we’ll come out better for it in the end,” said Wiseman.

“When the gaffer feels as if there’s something that bad, he’ll have a think about what’s he’s saying and speak to us properly rather than shouting and screaming. Things get said that you don’t mean when you’re shouting, but he will have a good discussion with the full team and individuals.

“The Burnley defeat was more hurtful than the Watford defeat, we saw that as an opportunity for a good performance and we let ourselves down as well as the manager. But we’ve got games coming thick and fast, so we can’t afford to just stand still.

“Some of those games are against teams around us, so if we don’t perform then they could be catching us. And likewise we’ve got to play teams above us, so if we can go on a run then we can make something of our season.”

The Reds came unstuck against Pompey, live in front of Sky cameras, back in October when two goals in two minutes condemned then to a 2-0 defeat. But no team has done the double yet over the Reds this season as Hill, without injured Stephen Dawson and Bobby Hassell, look to get their first win in February.