Tudgay back to help spark Reds revival

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BARNSLEY manager David Flitcroft acknowledges he is under pressure, but mainly from himself in his quest to find a winning formula for the Tykes.

His side head into today’s important home game with fellow strugglers Birmingham on the back of a frustrating 1-0 defeat at Millwall, with their last Oakwell outing against Doncaster Rovers also one that left Flitcroft feeling wholly dissatisfied after a 0-0 stalemate.

After their thrilling great escape of last term, which led to optimism in the summer at Oakwell, the second-from-bottom Reds have flattered to deceive in 2013-14 and have won just two of their 16 Championship games.

Reds chief Flitcroft, who could hand a debut to loan signing Marcus Tudgay today, with talisman striker Chris O’Grady still out with a calf injury, said: “It (pressure) has cranked up on me because I want results. I put a lot of pressure on myself to win football matches and we work incredibly hard behind the scenes to get those wins.

“As I have alluded to before, I am sick of going into a manager’s room (after a game) and him saying well done and saying that we have played okay.

“Performances have been okay, but I live for wins and so do my backroom staff and group of players. It’s wins I am after personally and I’ve got to turn the draws into wins and losses into wins because we have created enough chances to win football matches. We just need that last piece of quality and game-defining moment.”

Flitcroft admits Tudgay’s familiarity with the Barnsley set-up made him turn to the Nottingham Forest forward, who has joined for a month in O’Grady’s absence, with the 30-year-old desperate to make up for lost time after a tough year by the Trent.

Tudgay, on the bench for most of this term for Forest, said: “David is a good manager and the boys are working for him; it’s just not happening at the minute.

“All it might take is one goal coming in to give the confidence this club needs. Fingers crossed that can happen.

“The manager (Billy Davies) said it’s a shop window for me and has told me to do what I can do, which is play well and score goals and I am confident I can do that. I am raring to go. It’s up to me now to make it happen and for my future.”

Confident the Reds have the quality to get their season up and running and to pull away from danger, Tudgay, out of contract at the City Ground this summer, added: “I am not going to come here and just think about me, me, me.

“I’ve come here with the intention of lifting Barnsley up the table.

“I am sure if I can add some goals and other players can chip in as well, we can move two or three places up the league, make a start and get that belief back.

“I’ve always watched out for Barnsley and the football they play is the same as it was last year when I was here. It’s good football and Barnsley can beat any team in this league.”