Barnsley: Reds in mood to spoil Craig’s return

Craig Davies: Back at Barnsley
Craig Davies: Back at Barnsley

BARNSLEY boss David Flitcroft is backing his team to bounce back from last weekend’s horror show at Bristol City.

The Reds hosts Bolton Wanderers today at Oakwell and then face a testing trip to Burnley on Tuesday.

And Flitcroft is happy to report his players are hungry to put things right after their impressive nine-game unbeaten was abruptly ended by a 5-3 away loss to the Robins.

The game will also have added spice with former striker Craig Davies returning to face his former club.

Even though he’s now playing for the Trotters, Davies remains the Reds leading league goal scorer this season with eight goals.

“Bolton and Burnley are incredibly important games for us to bounce back,” stressed Flitcroft.

“The players have shown me, the fans and the club what they’re prepared to do for this football club.

“They’re doing this for that phone call after the game when they speak to their mum, dad, wife, son or daughters; being able to ring them and saying they’re proud because they’ve won.

“If you can get a group of players that believes in what they’re doing and in themselves, and gets real self-esteem, then you carry a strong thing going forward for me.”

The Reds drew 1-1 with the Trotters earlier in the season and face opponents who clinched a 1-0 win over Peterborough United on Tuesday night.

Bolton are unbeaten in their last five matches.

Forward Kelvin Etuhu is a major doubt with Flitcroft having revealed it is probably too soon for him to return from the broken nose he suffered in the FA Cup win over MK Dons a fortnight ago.

Midfielders Stephen Dawson (ankle) and Paul Digby (hip) remain sidelined, although Dubliner Dawson is in contention for Tuesday night’s away trip to Turf Moor.

Defender Scott Golbourne is sidelined for the rest of the season after surgery for knee ligament damage.