Ethan Pinnock is looking for Barnsley to continue their fine start to the Sky Bet League One campaign ahead of the visit of AFC Wimbledon this weekend.
The Reds’ centre-back has been ever present this season and is confident of success at the end of May if the side continue playing this exciting brand of football.
“It’s been a good start – all the boys are really buzzing with it – but there’s a lot more games to play,” said Pinnock. “If we keep going the way we are then it should be a successful season.
“I’ve really enjoyed it, I think the boys have really got behind what the gaffer wants us to do and play to his style. He’s got us closer together – we’ve kept pretty much most of the squad from last year – and we’re looking to continue and improve further as the season goes on.”
With two games gone, both Barnsley and the Wombles are the only sides in the third tier not to have conceded a league goal this season.
However, the Reds have shown their attacking prowess in the opening weeks and have found then net seven times in all competitions – two of which have been scored by fledgling striker Victor Adeboyejo.
“He’s played 20 or so league minutes and scored two goals, so it’s not a bad goals-per-minute,” admitted Pinnock. “He’s a very grounded lad, works hard and wants to be the best he can be, and if he keeps going like he is, he’ll keep improving.”
Barnsley were undone by three set piece goals as they exited the Carabao Cup at the first hurdle against Blackpool on Tuesday evening.
Neal Ardley’s could choose to adopt a similar approach when they visit South Yorkshire, but Pinnock wants the Reds to bounce back from the defeat at Bloomfield Road and believes the squad are prepared for Saturday’s encounter.
“We wanted to keep the winning run going; even though it’s a cup game, you want to win every game and try and stay in the competitions as long as possible,” continued the Reds’ defender. “But there’s another game on Saturday and the boys are looking to put things right.
“I think they’ll be strong from set pieces; they’ve got good deliveries and that will be one thing that we’ll be looking to combat. But we like to concentrate more on ourselves – we know the threat that we can bring to other teams and I think that’s what our main focus is.”