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Stephen Dawson has called for Barnsley to put the disappointment of Tuesday’s defeat by Crystal Palace behind them as they look to bounce back at home to Peterborough today.

The Reds were sunk by a stoppage-time winner at Selhurst Park.

“But I thought we showed a lot of belief and there was a lot of confidence about us,” midfielder Dawson told The Star. “Yes, at times we’d make the odd mistake, but we outpassed Palace and to lose in the 93rd minute was very cruel.

“We had a right good go and we were positive. We lost a point and we were gutted. We were all devastated.

“But I believe in what we’re doing.

“I believe in the manager [Keith Hill] and what he’s capable of and I believe in the players.

“Believe you me, we’ll be trying everything we can to put that right.

“Just a win or a bit of luck at times will help us, but we also need to make our own luck.

“There are no excuses from the players or me; I won’t have it. We’ll come back stronger for it and I believe we’ll make amends against Peterborough.

“We’ve got to lift ourselves and raise our game. It’s a massive game for us as individuals.

“It’s a test of character, but there are plenty of characters in the dressing room. I’m sure and I believe that we can do it [retain Championship status].”

The Reds are 11 points ahead of third-from-bottom Coventry with eight games remaining, but Dawson has stressed the club are “definitely” in a relegation fight.

“We have to look at it like that,” he said. “We’ve got got a cushion of 11 points, but that’s only four wins.”