Midfielder Josh Scowen believes Barnsley’s solid start to the season has proved they are more than good enough to compete at this level.
The Reds currently sit tenth in the Championship after the opening 11 games which included a sensational run of five wins out of six matches.
Despite not winning a game since the 4-0 mauling of Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux last month, Scowen feels the squad have shown enough quality thus far to make teams fear the club.
Only Aidy White and Adam Hammill have previous Championship experience in the squad but the influential central midfielder thinks last season’s sensational rise through the play-offs gives the boy the belief that anything is possible.
“I think it all comes from last season and getting promotion, the buzz is certainly still around,” admitted Scowen. “We’ve brought in some good lads, quality players and that’s given everyone a boost as well.
“As everyone’s seen from our start to the season, we can mix it with the big boys in this league.
“As long as we keep playing the way we’re playing, keep working hard and improving with each game then we’ll be in good stead come the end of the season.
“There are some big clubs in this league and we go into those games with no pressure because they should be beating us really so we just keep going until the end.”
Barnsley’s unexpectedly strong start to the season has ensured they will not be taken lightly going forward, but Scowen is adamant the Reds’ players will thrive on the added pressure of not being the underdog.
He added: “If we keep playing the way we’re playing then things will change and teams will view us differently.
“That’s another pressure that we’ll have to deal with but that’s a pressure that all the boys want.
“That can only make us improve and make us even better.”
Striker Adam Armstrong is among three players nominated for September’s Sky Bet Championship Goal of the Month award.
The Newcastle loanee’s debut stunner, a brilliant back-heel before curling home, against Preston is up against Danny Graham’s goal against Derby and Tjaronn Chery’s finish against Blackburn.
Elsewhere, young defender Matty Templeton has joined National League North outfit Gainsborough Trinity on loan for a month.