Time for Barnsley’s babes to stand up for themselves: Ben

Ben Pearson
Ben Pearson

Midfielder Ben Pearson believes Barnsley need to stand up and be counted.

Manchester United loan ace Pearson and his team-mates have been working hard on communication during the last fortnight.

And the Reds were rewarded with an impressive 4-1 home win over Swindon Town at Oakwell last Saturday. Reds boss Lee Johnson has been hungry to gel his players after a hit-and-miss start to the season.

Excellent performances against Everton in the Capital One Cup and an away win over Millwall in the league have been countered by disappointing league defeats to Rochdale and Shrewsbury Town, and Pearson said: “We just need that one leader who gets everyone going.

“People need to come to front now and start demanding more from each other.

“We’ve set a benchmark now and we just need to keep going.

“Possibly if you had 30-year-oldin the side who has played 300-400 games it would help fast-track us younger players on.

“But we haven’t got that so someone has got to take that leader role on. Most of us are 21 or 22, so it is a young side with the exception of a couple of older players.

“I’m sure that will come with games though and, if we only start picking up results, then that will help.

“It’s really great for the dressing room that we have a young squad. Everybody knows what everyone likes and there’s a few of us who all go to the cinema together.

“You probably wouldn’t get that if you had a lot of older lads in the team, so it’s good for team-bonding.

“With young players in general it’s consistency which you struggle with. I’ve played well this season and also not played well. But we’re all on the same page, we’re trying to gel together.”

Midfielder Dan Crowley is a real doubt for the weekend with a thigh injury, but Pearson is fit and ready to start.

And the 20-year-old expects a tough test from the Tangerines despite the Lancashire club’s well-documented problems.

“I know Blackpool struggled last season, but I’m sure this they’ll be looking to move on,” said Pearson.

“I know they’ve brought in a few loan players who I know. They’re good players and I’m sure they’ll be good in this league.

“They just need some time to get the fans on their side. When they do that I’m sure they’ll be alright.

“They have got a bit of firepower up front, so I’m sure he’ll cause a few problems.

“We’ll have a game plan though and I’m sure we’ll cause them problems as well.”