Centre back Peter Ramage is hungry to get himself back in Barnsley’s starting line-up.
But the Crystal Palace loanee knows he’s got a tough job on his hands with skipper Martin Cranie and fellow centre-back Lewin Nyatanga playing so well at the heart of the Reds’ defence.
Cranie and Nyatanga have been key to Lee Johnson’s side conceding just two goals in their last eight matches, although on-song keeper Adam Davies and full-backs Mason Holgate, George Smith and Declan John also deserved some of the plaudits for their efforts.
“Hopefully I can push for the squad,” vowed Ramage, who made his comeback from a thigh injury for the club’s reserve side earlier this week.
“I had to ring and get permission from Palace to play, believe it or not! I just wanted 45 minutes under my belt to start pushing for selection.
“It’s been frustrating, it’s been six weeks since I’ve played. The match was the last tick of the Sedgey (physio Craig Sedgwick) box!”
Ramage’s last Reds’ appearance was a goal-scoring one against Fleetwood in early February.
But since then he’s had to wait frustrating on the sidelines with his injury with the Reds having gone on an impressive eight-game unbeaten run.
“After the Crawley game [a 5-1 away defeat], everyone came at us from all angles,” he added. “But we knew within the group we had the performances and the results in us. However, it’s about proving that.
“We got a bit carried away although our position, admittedly, was precarious - two points off the relegation zone.
“But we’ve stuck together and got the fruits of our hard work. We’re where we want to be in the business end of the season.”
“These performances and results have been there, just not on a consistent basis. Throughout the season, prior to this run, we’ve shown what we can do in little spurts. But now we’re starting to do so at the right time and we might just sneak a play-off spot in the end.”