Barnsley: Reds’ chief takes positive stance

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director Don Rowing doesn’t believe he’s seen a better team in The Championship than Barnsley when they are ‘on their day”.

And Rowing is confident Barnsley’s ability to surprise will help the club retain their Championship status.

“I’m probably saying this through rose-tinted spectacles, but I genuinely don’t think I’ve seen a better team than us this division when we’ve been on our day,” revealed Rowing.

“The way we played against Leicester showed just how good we can be. We are playing with a tremendous team spirit and I think there’ll be a lot of clubs out there who will be fearful of playing us.

“Just because we’re going to be playing a lot of the teams at the top in our next few games, I don’t think we should be written off.

“I’m sure there’s going to be a lot of nerves, but the way David Flitcroft has got the team playing, I’m confident we’ve got a very good chance of staying up.

“It’s very hard to call who’s going to go down because there’s about 11-12 teams who are all fighting not to be in that relegated three,”

“But it doesn’t matter who we play because we’ve shown we can beat the better teams this season,” he added.

The 2-0 home victory over Leicester on Monday lifted the Reds to two places above the drop zone.

But the challenge to retain their Championship status doesn’t get any easier with a trip to promotion-chasers Crystal Palace who are fourth.

And then a daunting trip to league leaders Cardiff City awaits next Tuesday night as the Reds attempt to stay out of the bottom three.

“We’ve always shown a fighting spirit and we really want to retain our Championship status, added Rowing.”

On loan Rory Delap is a major doubt for the weekend with an ankle injury, while midfielder Reuben Noble-Lazarus (ankle) and defender Martin Cranie (hamstring) are also facing a battle to be fit. Defender Jimmy McNulty (ankle) is definitely missing as are Scott Golbourne (knee) and Paul Digby (hip/groin) who have been ruled out for the rest of the season following operations for their respective injuries.