Barnsley: Tom is ready to get ugly

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TOM Kennedy believes Barnsley have discovered the perfect balance of winning pretty - and ugly!

And as long as the Reds keep getting results in their bid to avoid relegation, then defender Kennedy will be as pleased as punch.

“We’re being ruthless - and it’s working well,” Kennedy told The Star. “We’ve got that nice blend of winning ugly and by playing attractive football.

“At the end of the day it doesn’t matter how we win as long as we keep getting the results we want.”

Kennedy struggled to cement a regular starting role at the start of the season, but since New Year’s Day has been an ever-present in the Reds’ starting line-up.

His partnership with Stephen Foster and Martin Cranie in a central trio partnership has worked wonders for the side who, ahead of today’s FA Cup sixth round away clash with MK Dons, had gone seven games unbeaten.

“When I first came in we were playing good football, but I think we tried to play too much football in the wrong areas of the pitch.”

Reds’ boss David Flitcroft has said defender Jimmy McNulty will play “some part” in today’s cup clash at stadium:mk with both clubs eyeing a glamour tie in the last 16 stage.

Defender Scott Wiseman (shin) is a doubt while Stephen Dawson remains sidelined with ligament damage and fellow midfielder Paul Digby is unlikely to return until towards the end of the season having had an operation for a hip complaint.

Forward Reuben Noble-Lazarus, who penned a new two-year deal with the club earlier this week, has returned to training but injury will prevent him playing any part this weekend.