Boss Flitcroft seeks positive reaction after fortnight off

Barnsley v Reading'SkyBet Championship'David Flitcroft smiles on the touchline
Barnsley v Reading'SkyBet Championship'David Flitcroft smiles on the touchline

Reds boss David Flitcroft admits he will use the international break to “shape his squad” in a bid to improve Barnsley’s fortunes.

The Reds remain bottom of the Championship, with just one win from their 11 games to date, following last Saturday’s 2-0 defeat to promotion favourites Queens Park Rangers.

They now have an enforced two-week break until their next game, on October 19 at home to Middlesbrough, and Flitcroft said: “We’ve got to balance and shape this squad and find out who we’re going forward with.

“We have two weeks to assess things.

“We’ve got a plan to win football matches, and we intend to have a really positive bounce-back after the international break.”

Flitcroft is understood to be in the market for a left-sided defender, and admits that a couple of his players could move out on loan to accommodate any new arrivals.

The Queens Park Rangers defeat brought to an end a difficult run of games for Flitcroft’s men, who had to face three sides in the top ten within a week.

Two of those games ended in defeat - against Leicester and QPR - but a 1-1 draw against Reading showed both the fighting qualities and potential that Flitcroft’s squad possess.

“We’ve taken some body-blows, but we’ll be sticking to our task,” Flitcroft insisted.

“I’ve got great belief in this group of players and I’ve got no doubts things will change.

“We’ll re-group over the next two weeks and come back stronger.”

The week after the Middlesbrough game, Flitcroft’s men face a crucial South Yorkshire derby against Sheffield Wednesday at Oakwell. Both sides are very much in the relegation more, and Flitcroft insisted: “We’re desperate to win football matches and over the next six weeks we’ve got teams who are beatable.

“I can guarantee we will be competitive over the next six weeks, that’s for sure.”