Barnsley: We can’t afford to make even the smallest of errors in ruthless Championship insists Tom Bradshaw

Tom Bradshaw
Tom Bradshaw

Barnsley striker Tom Bradshaw has described the Championship as ruthless.

The Welshman, who returned from international duty on Monday, feels the Reds need to cut out the little mistakes to get the results they were accustomed to earlier on in the campaign.

The club’s results have tapered off in recent weeks, getting one point from their last four games, but their performances have not been as bad as the form guide suggests.

“The past few weeks it’s just been a couple of minor errors which we probably would have got away with in League One,” admitted Bradshaw, who has scored twice so far this season.

“It just shows how ruthless the Championship is. If you make one mistake you get punished for it.

“I think the performances have been good. They probably haven’t been that much worse than the first six or seven weeks of the season.

“It’s just the small mistakes, that we weren’t necessarily making in the first few weeks, that we’re being punished for.

“If we keep playing how we have been and cut out those small mistakes then we’ll be back to winning ways.

“We’ve got a really talented group of players here and it won’t be long until the results are going our way again.”

Paul Heckingbottom’s charges will get their chance to turn things around later today when they host Fulham at Oakwell.

The Cottagers currently sit 14th without a win in seven in all competitions but despite their recent slump in form, Bradshaw is adamant the players cannot become complacent and go into games thinking they already have all three points sown up.

He said: “There’s no game in the Championship that’s a banker three points.

“Anyone can beat anyone and a team at the bottom of the league can quite easily beat the team that’s top. That’s the standard we’re now at.

“Equally we’re all on the learning curve, we were all in League One last season and we don’t have many experienced Championship players so we can’t take them lightly.”

Adam Armstrong won the August Sky Bet Championship Goal of the Month award for September.

His debut back-heel and curling finish against Preston beat off competition from Danny Graham’s goal against Derby and Tjaronn Chery’s effort against Blackburn.

Ryan Williams’ long road to recovery continued yesterday as he started for the Reds’ U23s against rivals Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.