Nyatanga: Reds can still bounce back to Championship

Lewin Nyatanga
Lewin Nyatanga

Barnsley defender Lewin Nyatanga is confident the club can still win promotion back to the Championship despite their stuttering form.

But the experienced centre-back knows the Reds will have to find more consistency during the remainder of the season to stand any chance of tasting success this season.

A battling 1-1 home derby draw with Doncaster Rovers at Oakwell on Tuesday night sees Danny Wilson’s hit-and-miss side hovering in 14th position in League One after a mixed bag of results.

Six wins and five draws have been welcomed, but not eight defeats. Those losses have cost the Reds a place in the promotion places. For now, at least.

“We can definitely still be looking at promotion, you only have to look at then table,” stressed Nyatnaga. “It’s not even Christmas yet, so there’s time.

“We just need to go on a run. If you go on a consistent run of winning games, which is definitely possible in this league, then anything is possible.

“But we need to bring that consistency into our game.”

Nyatanga scored his first goal of the season – and also his first goal since April 2013 - to give the Reds the lead against Rovers.

And it’s little surprise the former Sunderland and Bristol City wants to find the back more often to help the Reds climb the table.

“Hopefully my goal is the first of many because I want to score a lot more goals this season,” added the 26-year-old, now in his fourth spell at Oakwell having previously played at the club on loan.

“If you keep practicing hard, putting yourself in the right position and you get a bit of luck, then you’ve got every chance of scoring.

“As a centre half you always look to get a few goals. In any team it’s good to add scoring goals to your game to help out.”