Barnsley: Reds urged to ‘win ugly’

Alfie Mawson
Alfie Mawson

Reds skipper Alfie Mawson believes the club need to learn to ‘win ugly.’

Barnsley are languishing in 14th position in League One after a disappointing 2-1 home defeat to Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.

But centre-back Mawson is confident the South Yorkshire outfit can bounce back and show what they’re really made of despite three defeats from their opening six outings in the league thus far.

“We’ve got to learn to win ugly,” stressed Mawson. “When that happens we’ll be a real threat. But we’ve got to iron out our floors.

“We’re a pretty inexperienced team compared to a lot of other teams, but that [winning ugly] is a massive part of football.

“We have gelled, but I just think there’s little things that come into play.

“It’s about being a man and standing up and being counted when we’re playing well and when we’re not playing so well.

“We’ve had an up and down seasons so far. We showed against Everton that we can play good football against a very good side.

“But then we went to Rochdale and let ourselves down. We didn’t treat them with the same respect.

“There’s no excuses for us, but we have created enough chances this season to put teams away.

“When it clicks though, then I can see us beating teams 3-0 and 4-0.”

Reds boss Lee Johnson has assembled a youthful squad at Oakwell and is hungry for his players to produce the form he hopes they are capable of.

And that desire is not lost on former Wycombe Wanderers defender Mawson.

“At the moment it’s a process and one which the gaffer is trying to speed up,” added the 21-year-old. “We’re trying to speed up and take responsibility for our performances. At the end of the day it’s us out there, not the gaffer or [assistant coach] Tommy Wright.

“We’ve just got to get on with it, work hard on the training ground and in the gym. I think will show dividends in the next month.

“It’s a long old season and we’ve got to make sure we don’t get sucked into being in trouble, but when it clicks they’ll be goals and we’ll win matches.”

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