Barnsley boss Lee Johnson remains defiant he can turn things around despite his side slipping to a dismal ninth defeat in ten league outings.
The Reds were beaten 3-2 away to Peterborough United at London Road as their mini-revival – a 2-1 win over Johnson’s former club Oldham Athletic last Saturday – quickly came to an end.
And the Reds’ challenge to get back on track won’t get any easier when they hosts arch-rivals Sheffield United on Saturday in what promises to be a mouth-watering South Yorkshire derby clash.
“I can’t fault the players,” stressed Johnson after his team’s loss to Posh.
“I thought we were brilliant.
“The fans were brilliant too. I give my thanks to them from the players and myself.
“The performances are picking up. If we cut out the mistakes and poor goals, people are playing well.
“People are working hard and getting chances. Over the last four games we must have had 60 shots, we just need to convert them.”
Johnson’s life wasn’t made any easier with the sending off of new loan recruit Kevin Long with seven minutes remaining against Posh.
The Reds had just got back in the game with Sam Winnall’s goal to pull back to 3-2, with the chance of a point – at least – still on the cards.
But Burnley loanee Long was shown a straight red card and now the centre-back will miss the Reds next three games including the derby with the Blades at Oakwell.
“Even with ten men we had chances,” reflected Johnson.
“We went two at the back, four in midfield, three up front just to go for it.
“And the offside goal, well it wasn’t off. What more can we do?
“I’ll have to look at the red card again, but I’ve been there as a player and you’re stretching and committed showing the world you want to win.
“I don’t know if he left the ground, I’ll have to have a look.
“Aidy White [who was injured] wanted to play, he was desperate, but FA rules said he couldn’t as he was concussed.
“However, Ryan Williams is back now as well. Injuries and suspensions aside we’re getting stronger. We always said we’d become stronger when the lads were back.
“I think the boys have got to use all this and go into a great game against Sheffield United with that performance.
“Even though we’ve lost the crowd were behind us, go home tell your mates we were good and come out Saturday and support the boys against Sheffield United.”