Brad Potts wants Barnsley to show more consistency in the second half of the campaign.
The Reds midfielder, who has impressed under Daniel Stendel this season, believes it is time for his side to kick on and show their promotion credentials – starting with Saturday’s trip to Blackpool.
“At the minute, we’re underachieving because of where we are in the league,” insisted Potts. “With the squad we’ve got, we know we’re more than capable of beating anyone and being in the top two but we haven’t been consistent enough. We’ve got to do better and put a run of games together so we can shoot up the league.”
“We need to take each game as it comes and, if we win games, that will give us confidence going forward.”
After flying out of the blocks at the start of the campaign, Barnsley have stuttered in the past few weeks but showed great character to come from a goal down against Sky Bet League One leaders Portsmouth last weekend.
It was a performance that the Reds needed to reignite their promotion push, and gives them something to build on ahead of Saturday’s game at Bloomfield Road.
“We knew against Portsmouth, top of the league, that we needed to prove a point and show how good we were,” continued Potts. “We deserved to win the game but we didn’t finish our chances.
“After the start to the season we had, teams were just coming here and sitting in and making it hard for us. It’s hard to break teams down but I think, once we do get ahead, it gives us confidence to play our own game even better.
“The table doesn’t look great but all it takes is four wins on the bounce to be right back up there, and they’ll drop points. So we need to make sure that when we play those teams, we beat them.”
Reds supporters could potentially outnumber the home crowd on Saturday with Tangerines’ fans continuing their protest, and Potts is hoping that the travelling faithful can help inspire the team to an important victory.
“Last weekend against Portsmouth showed that, with the fans getting behind you it does help the team and, hopefully the away support can do that for us on Saturday,” admitted the 24-year-old. “We need them to get behind us and keep pushing us on because, the more they’re singing, the more it helps the lads.”
You can watch Brad’s full press conference on iFollow Barnsley.