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Flitcroft: Make Sure We're Competitive

29 August 2013

Barnsley Manager David Flitcroft met with the press ahead of Saturday’s Yorkshire derby against Huddersfield at Oakwell.

Flitcroft has some re-jigging to do with left-back Scott Golbourne set to depart from Wolves.

“We’ve known about the bid for about two weeks now,” said Flitcroft. “Wolves wanted to do the business and came in for Scott.

“Initially he didn’t want to leave, he didn’t want to go and play League One football because he’s worked desperately hard to get himself to the Championship and then last season stay in the Championship.

“So, initially, the talks were that he wanted to stay and then whatever happens, whether he’s been got at or whatever, Scott’s decided he wants to leave the football club and club, rightly so, have decided that the price is good and we’ll accept the bid.

“He wants to go and play for Wolves, that’s the bottom line. It doesn’t matter how you try and keep a player if his heart’s not in it and his head’s not in it. You’re pushing water up a hill. I feel the last two week his head and heart’s not been with us, but before that his commitment to the club’s been impeccable.

“He’s one of the most professional players we’ve had the pleasure of dealing with. He goes with our blessing, I just wish the last two games he’d have produced the football I know he’s capable of.”

As far as a replacement is concerned, youngster Reuben Noble-Lazarus has been tipped by Flitcroft as more than capable of stepping up.

“We do trust the youngsters at this football club," he said. "Reuben’s been waiting in the wings. We’ve done a lot of work with him. He’s ready for first team football, so we have got someone who can step in.

“We’re certainly looking (in the market). We’ll bring the right player in at the right time when we feel it’s necessary.

“It’ll be a loan signing. There’s movement now. You can see with the Premier League shaping their squads up.

“We’re out there looking and there’s some good ones about.”

As far as Saturday’s in-form opponents, Huddersfield, are concerned, Flitcroft added, “It’s a crop with a lot of quality in there. They play in a completely different way and system. They’re looking to move the ball quicker than they did last season.

“They’ve recruited well and got some good quality in there. I’m looking forward to the match-up, without a doubt.

“You can stop James Vaughan but you have to stop the source as well. But I’ve got a good team. We’ll be concentrating on us. Huddersfield will be doing their thing. It’s Huddersfield Town but we’re Barnsley Football Club and we’ll make sure we’re competitive. 

“I’m convinced that we’re a good group and once we just get in a rhythm, we’ll be okay.”

Injured duo Lewin Nyatanga and Martin Cranie are both out, as Flitcroft explained, “It’s been an up and down one with Cranes (Martin Cranie), I felt as though we’d have him for this Saturday. He’s done all his work, just on the last little bit – the twisting, turning and impact stuff – he just wasn’t right. 

“Lewin Nyatanga - he’s got some inflammation on the side of his knee. He’s getting better. The two-week break will give us an opportunity to get players back to the required levels.”

Finally on recruitment with the transfer deadline looming, the Barnsley boss is working hard on bringing in possibly one more addition.

“Possibly could be maybe one to cover us for Saturday but again, I’ll know more after this press conference,” he said. “We’re working behind the scenes and if it drops in, it drops in.”

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