Watch out for Dawson and the Barnsley masterclass, says coach

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BARNSLEY assistant manager David Flitcroft believes the club’s supporters have yet to see the best of midfielder Stephen Dawson.

Dubliner Dawson has been a Reds regular this season with 11 appearances, which included a stunning debut club goal in a 1-1 home draw with Ipswich Town last month.

And Flitcroft believes his battling midfielder will only get better in only his second season in the Championship.

“I watched Stephen Dawson in League Two for two seasons and I watched him in League One for two seasons. Now he’s in the Championship and he’s improving day-by-day,” said Flitcroft.

“He loves adversity. He’s been a fighter all of his life. He’s had to fight and scrap to get where is.”

And Flitcroft has stressed than nobody should be surprised what the club’s players will do this season, especially with many of the players having benefiting from a first season of Championship football under their belt.

“Don’t be surprised what players do at this football club, because if you keep working at something you become a master. That’s what all the players are trying to do at this club,” added Flitcroft.

“We know what we’ve got in that dressing room and we’ve got the patience to work with them. It’s a good time to be a Barnsley coach.

“I don’t think many teams will compete with us if we compete at the tempo we’re trying to set.

“The boys are fit, physical and sharp, but we’ve just got to make sure we’re in the game because I think we’ll create a lot of chances in the last half hour of the game.”