After the euphoria of the victory over Leeds United on Tuesday, the Tykes return to Oakwell for the visit of Derby County.
Mark Robins will have been working hard to ensure that the players are focused on the fixture ahead against the Rams.
There will be expectation too from the fans that they will be treated to another rip-roaring display from the Reds.
However, the reality is that given the poor away form of Barnsley currently, taking all three points at home continues to be a must.
Tuesday’s result is merely history and will be good to talk about when the season ends.
If Barnsley fans want something to talk about this weekend, it will hopefully be at 5pm on Saturday with the Tykes having secured another three points at Oakwell.
Derby started the season well with an opening day 2-1 win at Elland Road, but the season has nose-dived since.
The Rams exited the Carling Cup to League Two side Crewe and since the international break lost 1-0 at home to Sheffield United and suffered a midweek defeat at Hull City. This has left the outfit from Pride Park with only four points and within the relegation zone.
Whereas Leeds came to Oakwell full of confidence, the Reds will be facing a Derby side desperate to get their season back on track, low on confidence and with a manager in Nigel Clough under pressure.
Mark Robins' team therefore must avoid any complacency and be prepared to battle and be patient over the 90 minutes. Tykes’ fans have a part to play in backing their team from start to finish and show patience if the display doesn’t reach the heights of Tuesday’s second half display.
If leading scorer Adam Hammill is again prominent in not only creating and finishing chances tomorrow and the defence returns to its shut out-mode of the Palace and Boro’ games, the Tykes should be looking at a home win that keeps them in the reaches of the play-offs spots.
Disclaimer: The views in this article are that of the writer and may not replicate those of the Professional Footballers' Association.
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