Barnsley: Ben Pearson seeking Reds FA Cup lift

Ben Pearson
Ben Pearson

Ben Pearson is hoping Barnsley can end their “nightmare” run of results.

Ben Pearson is hoping Barnsley can end their “nightmare” run of results.

The Manchester United loan midfielder has featured in a Reds side who have lost seven successive matches in League One, the club’s worst losing run for 66 years.

But an FA Cup clash with minnows Altrincham and a much-needed win could see all the Reds players sleep a lot better on Saturday night.

“It’s just been an accumulation of things, it’s become a bit of a nightmare,” admitted Pearson.

“We’re missing big players. We’ve made a lot of individual mistakes and conceded a lot of goals.

“And I think belief has been a problem. As we’ve been losing games, the confidence has gone.

“But we need a game where we’re favourties and we should win. If we win this game, then we go into the York game (next Tuesday) with good confidence.

“It’s going to be Altrincham’s biggest game of the season, so they’ll be up for it. But we’ll be ready for it.

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“The game has come at a good time for us because we’ve had a torrid time in the league over the past three of four weeks.

“The FA Cup is the biggest cup competition you can play in England, so we’ll be looking to progress.”

Reds boss Lee Johnson has admitted he’s happy to take criticism on the chin after the club’s recent run.

“I am a big boy, but you have to deal with it. I understand football is a results game,and we haven’t got the results,” he reflected.

“But I have come here for a reason, the club invested in me for a reason, and we haven’t quite had the luck to get the plan out completely.

“I hope people can see I am giving my all. Nobody has chucked it in. We haven’t been defeated 5-0 or anything like that.

“But we have conceded poor goals and we need to regroup.

“It’s a belief, and I don’t mean to sound arrogant in that, but I know what we are doing is right.”

“I feel with a good run and a bit of spirit we could maybe meet that expectation.

“But we got hit by some bad injuries, and now we’re clawing it back.”