Barnsley: Reds close ranks ahead of tough tests

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Barnsley boss David Flitcroft and none of his players were available for comment yesterday as the club battened down the hatches in preparation for Saturday’s away clash with Leicester City.

The Reds have made their worst start to a season for 27 years and have leaked 27 goals in ten matches thus far in all competitions. But the South Yorkshire outfit remain confident they can turn around their season and get back to winning ways.

Flitcroft is due to appear at a press conference tomorrow afternoon to offer his thoughts going forward and this weekend’s tough away clash with third-placed Foxes.

The manager was present at what was billed a ‘crisis’ meeting on Monday with the club’s directors and chief executive, although the monthly board room meeting had been in the diary for some time.

Chief executive Ben Mansford has maintained it was “business as usual” for the club, but The Star understands some frank discussions took place between those present at that meeting with the club languishing second from bottom in the Championship after six defeats from their opening eight matches.

If Barnsley do turn things around then you have to take your hats off to them, especially with daunting trips to league leaders QPR and early promotion-chasers Leicester City and Reading during the next fortnight before the next international break. That trio of games is a particularly tricky run when the Reds are desperate to get some points on the board. They only have four from a possible 28.

But Flitcroft and his players proved last season that they are capable of so much better. Their efforts to avoid relegation were commendable. However, it remains to be seen whether the club can attract any more new loan players to Oakwell with the club struggling to get going so far this term.

The Hull City defender Joe Dudgeon, 22, was yesterday linked with a three-month loan move to the Reds, but The Star understands those rumours are wide of the mark.