Barnsley: Reds eager to end Riverside hoodoo

In charge: David Flitcroft has masterminded Barnsley's revival
In charge: David Flitcroft has masterminded Barnsley's revival
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BARNSLEY will be looking to stretch their recent unbeaten run to seven matches on Saturday away to Middlesbrough.

Now might just be the right time to cause an upset at the Riverside Stadium with Boro having lost their last four league matches. The Teesiders have slipped to sixth in the table and they know the Reds capabilities only too well having lost 1-0 to them at Oakwell earlier in the season.

History, though, is on Boro’s side having not lost to the Reds in their last five meetings at home, with Barnsley’s last away league win against Boro coming in 1992.

“There’s a buzz about the place at the moment, which is great because we’ve needed that,” Reds director Don Rowing told The Star. “We all believe we can do it [avoid relegation] and stay up again, but there’s still a long way to go.

“We’re on a good run and the team are playing with confidence so hopefully we can get another good result against Middlesborough.”

Victory away to Boro would be very welcome for the Reds and, depending on how Wolves fare just above them, they could pull out of the relegation zone with a second successive three points.

“We’ve just got to concentrate on our own results and not worry about what the teams around us are doing,” stressed Rowing.

“We’ve got some big games coming up against teams around us like Sheffield Wednesday, Bristol City, Bolton and Wolves, so there’s a lot to play for.”

Indeed, Wolves, Bristol City and then Bolton follow in a row after next Saturday’s FA Cup clash with MK Dons.

And Rowing has revealed that manager David Flitcroft has not asked for any more recruits despite the emergency loan window re-opening on Friday.

Flitcroft swooped to sign experienced Stoke City defender/midfielder Rory Delap and strikers Jason Scotland and Chris O’Grady in the transfer window.

But midfielder Stephen Dawson and defender Jimmy McNulty remain injured and could force the manager’s hand to strengthen for the final push.

“At the moment, David doesn’t want anyone, but that could change depending on injuries,” added Rowing.

“With regards to contracts we’ll just have to wait and see where we are later in the season. There’s a lot of water to pass under the bridge before then.”