Barnsley: how we can improve this season

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Winger Tomasz Cywka believes Barnsley can compete with the Championship’s best sides this season.

But the Polish playmaker has stressed the Reds need to raise their game against sides who are around them in the table if they are to break into the top half of the table

Last season the Reds arguably saved their best for the so-called ‘big’ clubs in the second tier.

However, there were some frustrating defeats to sides like Bristol City, who were rooted to the foot of the table.

“We can compete against the big sides, we proved that” Cywka said. “We’ve [manager (David Flitcroft_and players] had a chat and we’ve said we want to perform better against the sides around us.

“The momentum is still with us from the way we played towards the end of last season, which was brilliant. We showed what we can do, but we want to build on that and achieve more.”

The Reds kick off the new campaign against Wigan, one of Cywka’s former clubs.

“I’ve still got some good friends and memories at Wigan” said Cywka, 25. “I’m looking forward to playing them, we’re at home and it should be a great game. Wigan are strong, but if we could beat them that would be a great start to the season for us. “I’ve spoken to fans (at last Sunday’s Open Day) and they can’t wait.”

He added: “The fans are really behind us and that means a lot. There’s definitely a buzz about the club, everyone is confident we can do well.”