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Flitcroft on Burnley Test

4 March 2013

Reds Manager David Flitcroft met with the media ahead of tomorrow night’s clash with Burnley at Turf Moor.

Barnsley have been without Stoke loanee Rory Delap along with defender Jimmy McNulty, with the former more likely to return the quicker of the two.

“Rory’s come through a really positive session today,” said Flitcroft.

“Jim has had further tests today and he won’t be fit for Burnley. It’s one of those injuries with quite a lot of swelling."

As for midfielder Stephen Dawson, Flitcroft revealed the Irishman took part in his first session today and is 'further along' in is recovery than anticipated.

“Everyone else is good – clean bill of health," continued Flitcroft.

“We had a great day yesterday recovering and looking at Burnley. We got the group together and got them re-focussed.

“There’s a real good feel factor on the training ground which we’ll take into Burnley.

“I said to everyone the real test of this adventure is when we get beat, we’ve been beaten twice but there’s 36 points to play for.”

Flitcroft describes the search for loan additions as ‘slow’, with the left-back slot an area the Manager feels needs bolstering.

“When you go for targets you have to understand that probably all the other Championship clubs are going for similar targets.

“We’re having to do a lot of homework and digging. We’re fighting hard to bring a left-back/left-wing-back in.

“There’ll be nobody in for tomorrow’s game but possibly Saturday.

“The lads who have come in have done incredibly well. Etuhu stepping in for Daws (Stephen Dawson) and Tomasz Cywka coming in over the last two games, he’s been chipping away and he’s been brilliant.

“They’re a team that when Sean first went in did incredibly well. Charlie Austin’s goals was a massive feature of what they did and how they did it.

As for tomorrow’s opponents, Burnley, Flitcroft is hopeful his side can bounce back against the Clarets.

“If you look at promotion teams, they’ll have the same team for the majority of the season. Changes do bring about indecision and indifferent performances.”

“But this squad I’ve got is doing everything. I have to make sure we give the players all the support we can give them. We’re working hard to keep them as strong as possible.”

“The team’s looking forward to it. We can’t wait to get the momentum we had on Saturday into Tuesday, we’re all really excited for it.

“Sean’s (Dyche) won a lot of games. Over the last six or seven their form’s tailed off a little bit, that might be something to do with a lot of other teams being under pressure to win games. Maybe Burnley have not lost their form but maybe teams they’ve played have upped theirs.

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