Barnsley boss David Flitcroft has called for his improving team to show their “ruthless” side away to Millwall this weekend.
The Reds face their fellow strugglers at the New Den knowing their first away win of the season – and also their first since February last season – could be enough to haul themselves out of the relegation zone.
Flitcroft’s charges are unbeaten in their last four, but the South Yorkshire outfit are desperate for an away win as they continue to battle back from a frustrating start to their Championship campaign.
“I’ll never be happy until we’re consistently winning games,” stressed Flitcroft.
“I’m being sick of going in to see an opposing manager [after a match] and he’s told me we’ve played well, but we’ve not won. I’m sick to my stomach to hear that.
“I love winning football matches and I love winning anything I do. [Not winning] is really frustrating me.
“Away from home we’re not concentrating on any stats, but it’s been key moments [which have cost us this season].
“We’ve been close in games [to winning], but we’ve not closed games off – and that’s been the disappointing thing for me. At times individual errors have cost us, but there’s a belief now and a energy about what we do.
“That’s important at any football club in the country, it’s important to have that belief that you’re going to come out with positive points.
“At times this season I’ve maybe been disappointed we’ve conceded late on, but we’ve looked at rectifying that – and I think we have done.”
And despite picking up six welcome points from their last four matches, Flitcroft admitted it took him “two to three days to recover” from the club’s 0-0 derby draw with Doncaster Rovers before the international break.
“We weren’t ruthless enough against Doncaster and that really disappointed me,” reflected Flitcroft.
“But we’ve found a level of performance which at the minute is satisfactory, but it’s something we want to continuously improve on.
“We’re looking to continually improve all aspects of our games – because we need too.
“We need to find a consistency in performance. I think we’ve possibly done that, but if it levels out we’re going to lose games.
“If it improves then we’re going to win games, so that what we’re going to focus on.”
Crystal Palace loan defender Peter Ramage remains sidelined with a thigh injury, as does keeper Luke Steele with his back injury.
But midfielder Jacob Mellis has recovered from an ankle injury and “will be involved” this weekend against the Lions according to his manager.