Barnsley: Gerhard Struber in confident mood ahead of Boxing Day trip to Championship leaders

Barnsley head coach Gerhard Struber is confident the win at Millwall can inspire his side against Championship leaders West Brom on Boxing Day.

Tuesday, 24th December 2019, 10:50 am

The Reds breathed further life into their survival bid with a 2-1 victory last weekend which extended their unbeaten run to three matches.

Winning at a side who have aspirations of securing a play-off place and have not lost in front of their own fans since September 21 was a major development for a young squad.

The victory took the Tykes to within one point of safety and gave them the confidence that they can topple the Baggies, who they drew against at the Hawthorns in October, and move out of the bottom three.

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"There was a good spirit and this match can only help further this," he said.

"The players, they show a mentality that isn't telling of where they are."

One of the reasons for Barnsley's upturn in form under Struber is the performances of striker Conor Chaplin.

The 22-year-old, signed by previous boss Daniel Stendel from Coventry in the summer, started his Barnsley career with one goal in 15 appearances.

But Chaplin has proved instrumental in the last seven games, scoring seven goals, including the opener against Millwall.

Struber added: "He [Chaplin] is in top form, we're very happy we have Conor.

“We have so many good players in our club, big talents in my team.

"Now we also have very good spirit and good teamwork.

“This is the main thing to win games – the teamwork, character and discipline."