Barnsley captain Martin Cranie quietly confident Reds can upset League One leaders Bristol City

Barnsley captain Martin Cranie
Barnsley captain Martin Cranie

Barnsley captain Martin Cranie is quietly confident the resurgent Reds can upset League One leaders Bristol City.

The Reds take on the Robins at Ashton Gate on the back of an impressive eight-game unbeaten run.

And with confidence restored to the first team ranks, centre-back Cranie sees no reason why he and his teammates can’t cause an upset against the division’s leading side.

“We know Bristol City is going to be a hard game, but the way we’re playing at the minute, well I think we can go down there and get something,” said Cranie.

“Bristol are doing very well at the minute and running away with the league, but we’ve got to look to go down there and get something because it’s very tight where we are at the minute.

“It’s a couple of points either way between being at the play-off mix or not.

“And I think the Sheffield United game [next Saturday] is going to be a massive one for us.

“They’re three points ahead of us at the minute, so there’s a lot to play for.

“But we’ve also still got to play a lot Peterborough [United], Rochdale and Bradford, who are all around us in the league.

“At the end of the day it’s [our chances of getting in the play-offs] is in our own hands.

“It’s down to us whether we get in there or not, but we’ll be giving it everything to try and get in there.”

Victory or a draw this weekend on their travels would see the Reds equal a ten-year old record.

The last time Barnsley strung together a nine-game unbeaten run in the league was between November 2004 and February 2005.

“In a way the pressure is off us a little bit because we’ve come out of nowhere to get here,” admitted Cranie.

“But the way I look at it is that if we don’t get into the play-offs, then it won’t be because we couldn’t.

“We’re there now and we can do it, so hopefully we don’t let ourselves down.

“We’ve always had the players that were good enough to do it [challenge for the play-offs], but we were just weren’t performing.

“We were very inconsistent. We’d win a couple and then we’d lose three on the bounce, which is why were hovering in mid-table, and then bottom-half, for ages.

“But all of a sudden it’s just clicked to be honest.

“We’ve changed the formation slightly since the new gaffer [Lee Johnson] has come in and it seems to work well for us.”