Flitcroft’s remaining positive as star Paddy holds McCourt

Barnsley v Watford'SkyBet Championship'Paddy McCourt
Barnsley v Watford'SkyBet Championship'Paddy McCourt

Barnsley manager David Flitcroft chose to focus on the positives from Saturday’s South Yorkshire derby draw against Doncaster Rovers, before his side travel to Millwall next weekend.

Chris O’Grady missed an early penalty in the 0-0 draw with Rovers, which also brought Barnsley’s first clean sheet of the season.

The result brought the Reds level on points with third-bottom Sheffield Wednesday, and Flitcroft said: “There’s no panic.

“We’ve got a job to do; we know what we need to do and we know where we want to be.

“I was happy with the centre-half partnership between Jean-Yves M’voto and Martin Cranie against Rovers, and it would have been a massive win for us.

“But we didn’t manage to do it.”

Barnsley have picked up just one point on the road so far this season, a 1-1 draw at Ipswich earlier this month.

Barnsley actually travel to London unbeaten in four games, with one win and three draws since their 2-0 defeat at promotion-chasing Queens Park Rangers just over a month ago.

But Flitcroft will be concerned by his side’s recent inability to turn draws into wins.

“The performances have improved,” Reds playmaker Paddy McCourt said.

“The last four or five games have been good in terms of performances.

“There’s a long way to go in saying this could be a defining part of our season, but if we can pick up a few wins against those teams it would put us in a good position.”