Barnsley boss David Flitcroft has called for his team to “not fall short” in tonight’s away clash with Bournemouth.
The Reds slipped to an agonising 3-2 away defeat to Nottingham Forest on Saturday and are languishing third from bottom in the Championship with just four points from six games so far.
It’s been a stuttering start from the South Yorkshire outfit and Flitcroft has stressed the needed for his team to get some points on the board before their problems get any worse.
“We’ve got to make sure the next time we perform that we don’t fall short,” said Flitcroft.
“We didn’t capitulate against Forest, we dug in and stuck in - and there were aspects which pleased me apart from the result.
“But we’ve got some catching up to do, so hopefully come Tuesday I certainly believe that we can - and the squad to as well - that we can beat Bournemouth.
“I’ve got a squad that’s hurting because we wanted to get a point at Forest and build on what we did a couple of Saturday’s ago [with a 2-1 home win over Huddersfield Town].
“I wanted to go into a Bournemouth game that I definitely believe we can win with a point from Forest.”
Flitcroft stressed: “I’ve said to the team that games do start running out and the points you can get, even at this early stage in the season.
“You need points on the board. It’s no good coming away with an ‘unlucky’ story and saying to ourselves we could have done this’ and ‘we could have done that’, at the end of the day we need to get points on the board.
“But I’ve watched a few performances and we’ll get better and better as we keep trying to develop this squad.
“There was some positive play at Forest and went toe-to-toe with them, but we just fell short. You certainly hope we can [turn things around on Tuesday night].”
Norway international striker Marcus Pedersen will definitely miss the trip to the Fitness First Stadium because of a foot injury, while Wales international defender Lewin Nyatanga is still absent with a knee injury.
But history is on the Reds’ side having only lost once in the last eight meetings between the two clubs, although Barnsley last beat Bournemouth away from home back in October 2004 with a 3-1 win.
Tonight’s match is also the first time the two clubs have played each other since drawing twice in the 2005-06 season.
“[Bournemouth manager] Eddie [Howe] is finding out about this league,” offered Flitcroft. “It’s relentless and it’s incredible, it’s a league that tests you right up to the 95th minute.
“But I’ve got massive belief in this squad and this group of players. We’re certainly going to get better.”
Meanwhile Andrai Jones has returned to Oakwell after his loan spell with Tranmere Rovers has ended.
The 21-year-old, Liverpool-born winger, made two starts and one substitute appearance for Rovers, but his spell with the League One club was blighted by a red a card in only his second game.