With the Reds out of the FA Cup and a mid-table position, Mark Robins has work to do in ensuring that there is not a view around the club that there is nothing left to play for in the remainder of the season, despite there being 20 games remaining.
The manager reflected after the Swansea City game that, “…it was two points dropped against Swansea City. To say we had three players missing who had been involved almost every minute of every game this season, I thought we performed to a very, very high standard…”.
Barnsley had no luck with the contentious penalty decision that earned the Swans a point, but responded wonderfully well with a 3-0 win at Doncaster last night. Next up, a trip to Millwall.
The Tykes have now won three on the spin at the Keepmoat, a ground which is becoming lucky for Robins and his men.
Last season a second-half Adam Hammill goal was enough to earn the three points in a 1-0 win, and it was a similar result in 2008/09 when a first-half strike from Jon Macken ensured South Yorkshire bragging rights went the way of Barnsley.
Local derby games are traditionally tight, and the manner of victory last night is one of the most pleasing things thanks to the double from new-boy Danny Haynes.
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