Barnsley: Flitcroft tells Reds to spur fans

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Barnsley boss David Flitcroft has told his players to “energise” the club’s supporters.

The Reds have two home games to get their season back on track: against Middlesbrough today and Sheffield Wednesday next Saturday.

“I’ve told the players that they’ve got to energise this set of fans because they’ve stuck with us,” said Flitcroft.

“Certainly since I’ve been manager the support has been massive, for me, the staff and the players.

“The players know they’ve got the backing of the fans, but only if they turn in an energetic performance with quality. That’s what we’re looking for.

“I’m a scrapper and a fighter, but when you believe in a cause [that helps].

“I’m lucky to have this job. I love working at this club and I love working as a manager.

“And I enjoy working with a group of players who give you everything.

“We’ve had it tough, but when you see a group of players wanting do so well for you, that’s all you can ask for.

“I’m positive. I’ve got full belief in what we did last season and I’ve got full belief in what we’re doing this season.

“We’ve got some tough games to win over the next month, but I’m looking forward to playing those teams.”

Flitcroft has sought advice from leading managers during the international break and is confident the Reds can climb from the relegation zone.

“We’ve really evaluated at where we’re at and we’ve set our next goal,” he added.

“We’ve hit the form teams this season, but now we’ve got a run of games where we feel we can get good results.”

Flitcroft had hoped to sign a loan left-back before today: “We’ve had two potential targets who were available a week ago, but because of what’s happened on international duty the clubs have decided they’re not going to let them out now,” he said.

“We’ve still got irons in the fire. There’s nothing happening for this weekend, though.”