Danny Wilson has called for his side to hit-and-miss side to “man up” to avoid getting sucked into a battle to retain their League One status.
Wilson and his players were left frustrated after a 2-0 away defeat to MK Dons on Saturday, their fourth defeat in their last five matches.
But with 21 games remaining this term – and two games in hand on a string of clubs above them in the table – Wilson is confident there is enough time to turn their faltering season around.
“The problem is that we’re making too many individual errors – and those errors are really costing us,” admitted Wilson, speaking exclusively to The Star.
“We’ve got to man up quickly. If we don’t we’re going to get dragged into a fight we don’t want to be involved in.
“It’s a fair assessment to say that we’re playing well in games but then making silly mistakes. But we’re getting punished for those mistakes and that’s costing us.
“We’ve got to start fighting hard for results to get ourselves out of this situation.”
The Reds are 18th in the table and have failed to score in their last two outings.
But star striker Sam Winnall and experienced defenders Martin Cranie and Peter Ramage are close to returns, three key players who Wilson would love to have back in the first-team fold.
“Hopefully we can get them all back as soon as possible, but I can’t pre-empt anything with them,” said Wilson.
“We’re just playing it day-by-day with them, but the sooner the better for sure.
“We’ve got a very inexperienced team at the minute and the young lads have been thrown in at the deep end to a certain degree.
“On Saturday we had seven players who have not played 50 games between them, so it’s tough on everyone.
“But I’m not one for excuses. These young boys are at the club for a reason and I’ve had to use them.
“It’s difficult because you don’t know how they are going to react to defeats. Some of them will sink and some of them will take every match in their stride and improve.
“But we know we have got to improve and we’re doing everything we can to get the results we need to take some of the pressure off.”
Barnsley reserves impressed with a 2-0 South Yorkshire derby victory over Sheffield Wednesday at Middlewood Road yesterday.
Two goals from winger George Maris did the damage as the Reds triumphed over their local rivals.
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