Barnsley: Dale Jennings steps up Reds first-team claim

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Winger Dale Jennings is confident he is “back on the right track” after a season in and out of the Barnsley starting XI.

The former Bayern Munich playmaker bagged a brilliant brace as the previously misfiring Reds ended a run of five games without a win with a professional 3-0 FA Cup victory over Chester on Tuesday night.

It was the 21-year-old’s first goals since August, with him having struggled to cement a regular starting place in Danny Wilson’s team.

Injuries, inconsistent form, suspension and lack of fitness has meant Jennings has meant Jennings has started in only seven of the 13 matches he’s played this season.

But his goals have helped the Reds set up a lucrative third-round clash with Middlesbrough next month at Oakwell and, hopefully, given the club the catalyst to get themselves on a much-needed winning run.

“I’m not fully fit yet,” revealed Jennings. “I was cramping up towards the end of the Chester game.

“But I was just glad to get another 90 minutes under my belt. That’s two lots of 90 minutes in the space of the last few days.

“The more regularly I play the more fitter I’ll get.

“In the last few games I’ve had a good understanding with the rest of the players so, the more I play, then the more that understanding will grow. And we’ll bond more as a team.

“It’s been hard sitting on the sidelines and getting myself back into the team.

“I’ve had injuries and been in and out of the team, but I’m back on the right track now, so I’m happy.”

And with injuries to a number of key players, Jennings knows now is probably the perfect opportunity to command a regular starting berth as the South Yorkshire club look to push up the League One table – and have a confidence-boosting run in the FA Cup.