Liam Lindsay insists that everything is still to play for in the race for promotion from Sky Bet League One.
Barnsley lost their 20-game unbeaten run last weekend at Burton Albion, but the Reds central defender says his side are looking to bounce back and push on in the final furlong.
“As a squad, we had a meeting ourselves without any of the staff, talking about everything that’s happening – it was positive,” asserted Lindsay. “We’ve got ourselves in a great position, so far, and we just need to keep doing what we’re doing.
“We had a meeting with the gaffer as well, so it’s been productive this week and, hopefully, it’s back to business this weekend.
“I think we need to get back to what we’ve done well earlier in the season – beating teams. Obviously, it was hard work but it didn’t really look like hard work, but hopefully we can get back to that on Saturday and get the three points.”
While Sunderland may have stolen a march in midweek, their advantage is only slender as the season reaches boiling point.
Both the Black Cats and Portsmouth face a tricky run in – playing one another in the process – so there could be potential opportunities for the Reds to move back into the automatic promotion places should either team slip up.
“We’d prefer to be second with everyone else chasing, but that’s not the case anymore,” continued Lindsay. “The pressure is off and we can just play our football.
“The football we’ve played has been good to watch for everyone and I just hope we can go up. We have our sights set on the top two and there’s still a chance, but if it has to be the play-offs then it has to be the play-offs.
“There’s five games left and lots to play for; nothing is set in stone yet.”
You can watch Liam's full press conference on iFollow Barnsley.