Barnsley boss Lee Johnson bemoaned a “ridiculous” fixture schedule ahead of tonight’s League One clash with Millwall.
The Reds take on the Lions at The Den looking for a third successive victory after wins over Scunthorpe United and Burton Albion.
But Johnson expressed his frustration about too many games in the opening month of the new season ahead of the club’s fourth match in 11 days.
“I hate this fixture list so early in the season, I don’t think it’s fair,” said Johnson.
“It’s particularly unfair on small squads in lower divisions. It works out that we’ve got eight games in the first four weeks of the season. It’s ridiculous.
“It just doesn’t make sense because you get to the back end of the season and you don’t have any games.
“I start to feel that if you do well in the Capital One Cup and the Johnstone’s paint Trophy, the fixtures start to become a bit of a pile-up.
“It stops you getting things done in training that you want too because you’re concentrating more on recovery and making sure the players get the energy back in their legs.”
Millwall were whitewashed 4-0 at home to Coventry City at the weekend, but Johnson is expected a backlash from the Lions.
“I was very surprised with the result,” admitted Johnson. “It was a bad day at the office for them and they were shell-shocked.
“But I don’t expect them to be as bad as they were in that game again.
“It’s a really tough environment to play at The Den and I think our players should embrace it. You need a certain character to be able to deal with playing there.
“We should go there with no fear, feeling nothing to lose and that mentality that we can go and get a result.
“We’ve had a decent start to the season, but if it was a school report it would probably be a B- or a C+. There’s still room for improvement.
Johnson has no injury worries ahead of the game but still wants to add more players to his squad before the transfer window shuts on 1st September.
“I still think we need to add to our squad – and we are trying to do that,” he revealed.