Speaking ahead of our Sky Bet Championship clash with Hull City on Wednesday evening, Gerhard Struber believes Barnsley are ready to continue their run of form.
The Reds have picked up maximum points in their last two outings at high-flying Fulham and against fellow strugglers Middlesbrough, and another victory at the KCOM Stadium will help to keep the pressure on teams at the foot of the table.
“My boys are in good form right now,” began Struber. “They are looking forward to Hull on Wednesday night; I think they’re learning all the time and understand my style better.
“This is our next step, tomorrow we must show our fans that we have consistent levels now. Let’s show the fans we are developing, we are growing, we can get more clean sheets, more three points.”
It’s not just the victories, but the manner of them that have been pleasing for Struber – with both wins completely contrasting.
Following a scintillating attacking display at Craven Cottage, Barnsley had to dig deep and show resolve against a gritty Boro outfit at the weekend.
Struber praised his players for their efforts – in particular new addition Michael Sollbauer, who has adapted quickly to life in English football.
“Michael Sollbauer has brought a really strong leadership to the team,” continued the Reds’ Head Coach. “He plays simple, but efficiently. He’s reliable in every game.
“Sollbauer knew my style and it was perfect to bring him to Barnsley in this time. He is my kindergarten cop!
“The whole team has been impressive and doing a good job. Alex Mowatt, my captain, is responsible and leading by example. But it’s about all of my boys and I am so proud of the work they have put into the training and out there on matchday.”
Barnsley claimed a 3-1 win over Hull at Oakwell back in November as Struber picked up his first three points in South Yorkshire.
Goals from Mowatt, Mike Bähre and Conor Chaplin capped a memorable afternoon for the Reds, who could and perhaps should have won by a greater margin.
“It was my first win, my first time celebrating as coach of Barnsley,” reminisced Struber. “It was the first kick off for us so it’s a good memory when we play Hull, something to take into tomorrow night.
“We know areas and actions to help us against this opposition and if every single player gives their all then it will not be easy for Hull to stop the boys.
“They have many players; special players and it will not be simple for us. We must focus on this game only and if we work hard and focus on our style, in this game, we have the chance for a big performance and the win that we need.”
You can watch Gerhard’s press conference on iFollow Barnsley.