Buck up and look up, Reds are urged

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BARNSLEY defender Scott Wiseman is only looking up as the Reds aim to bounce back from successive Championship defeats.

The Reds host Nottingham Forest on Saturday on the back of losses to Birmingham and Coventry which means fourth defeats in five in February.

“We don’t want to be here in three months time saying it was a bang average season and we’re happy to be in the league,” stressed Wiseman.

“I don’t want to think like that, the gaffer doesn’t think like that and nor do the rest of the team.

“We’re looking for these next few games as a good opportunity to get out of this run of up-and-down form and get on to a good little run and move upwards.”

Boss Keith Hill was pleased with the way the Reds played at the Ricoh Arena where a late lapse in concentration allowed ex-Rochdale man Clive Platt to bag the winner.

“It’s up to me to lift the players, but the players themselves are responsible - and as responsible as myself,” revealed Hill.

“They will pick themselves up, we won’t dwell on this game and we’ll go into the Nottingham Forest game well prepared.

“It seems to be a pressure game because it’s Forest who won really well at Birmingham.

“For me, as a manager, it’s the first time in a season, even half a season, that I’ve lost 15 games and it’s difficult because I’ve been used to winning, winning, winning.”