Goal-hungry striker Kane Hemmings has revealed that Barnsley don’t fear anyone in League One.
But the former Cowdenbeath hitman has stressed the Reds need to be more consistent if they want to be challenging for a play-off position this season.
So far Hemmings and his teammates have been far too hit-and-miss for manager Danny Wilson’s liking.
However, Hemmings is confident that a run of positive results could easily put the South Yorkshire outfit on the right path to success.
“We’ve got no fear factor when we play the so-called ‘big’ teams. We just go out and play,” said Hemmings.
“And, in my eyes, sooner or later we’re going to go out and beat one of them.
“I think we’ll get some more consistency in the second half of the season and rack up a few good wins.
“Hopefully when we do that the fans will get behind us. When the fans do get behind you there’s no better feeling.”
Often this season the Reds have blown hot and cold with a decent run of results broken up by bad form.
And that’s why Wilson’s young side find themselves hovering frustratingly in 15th position in the standings.
The Reds return to action on this Saturday, at home to Middlesbrough in the third round of the FA Cup.
“We’ve put in some good performances this season and we’ve put in some poor performances, but hopefully there’s a lot of positives in the New Year,” predicted Hemmings.
Meanwhile, experienced defender Lewin Nyatanga has admitted he’s just glad to be playing regularly and making up for lost time because of unwanted injuries.
“I’m just happy playing this year,” said Nyatnaga. “I’ve played every game but one, so I just want to keep adding to my tally. We’ve spoken about consistency and keeping that winning mentality.
“We want to put a run of games together and keep that going as long as possible because that’s what we need right now.
“The belief is the biggest thing, having the belief in your ability is what really matters. You’ve got to believe that you can go out there and do a job.
“The young players are improving and it’s good to know we have that strength in depth from the bench and those sorts of players coming through.”
n Barnsley Under-18s’ home clash with Huddersfield Town has been brought forward a day to Friday January 9, with a 1.30pm kick-off at Oakwell.