Striker Chris O’Grady doesn’t need any extra motivation to try and fire Barnsley to an upset away to high-fliers Queens Park Rangers tomorrow.
The Reds travel to West London knowing they’ve not beaten the Hoops at Loftus Road for nearly 63 years.
Their last away win at that ground was in January 1950- and they’ve not won there in their last 22 visits at QPR.
The struggling South Yorkshire outfit, who remain rooted to the bottom of the Championship despite a battling 1-1 draw with Reading on Tuesday night, have also lost their last eight matches away to the Hoops, opponents who are second in the table and unbeaten in 10 matches far.
Harry Redknapp’s side are also unbeaten at home this season in the league while the Reds have managed to muster just five points from ten matches this term.
But O’Grady stressed: “It’s the perfect motivation for me going to QPR because if you’re not expected to get on the scoresheet at all, well then you’ve got nothing to lose.”
The former Sheffield Wednesday marksman has scored five goals this season and netted the all-important equaliser on Tuesday night as the Reds ended a run of four successive league defeats with a deserved point at home to the Royals.
“I think we’ll be going for it [against QPR],” said O’Grady.
“It’s going to be the game where we are most fancied not to get anything at all, so we’ll definitely use that our advantage.
“First of all it was about stopping the rot [by getting a point against Reading] and then, like when we beat Huddersfield before the last international break, it would be nice to finish with a positive result and then re-group again in the next international break.
“When you re-group again you can try and identify what’s gone wrong and what we need to do to put things right. It’s a chance for us change things going forward.”
Not many people expect the Reds to get anything against QPR, but O’Grady revealed the players are hurting having so far failed to fire for under-fire boss David Flitcroft
“It hurts to know that someone [Flitcroft] is putting that much faith in you and we’re not quite doing the business for him,” admitted O’Grady.
Defender Jimmy McNulty has joined League One club Tranmere Rovers on a one-month loan deal.
Former Brighton, Stockport and Macclesfield centre-back McNulty has not played a single Championship game for the Reds this season having fund himself down the pecking order with the arrival of new defenders.