Barnsley FC players will have renewed belief they can survive - Gerhard Struber

‘Now go and show me you can avoid relegation’ - That was the message from manager Gerhard Struber following Barnsley’s 1-0 win at Queens Park Rangers.

On the up - Barnsley manager Gerhard Struber (Picture: Tony Johnson)

Elliot Simoes’ early goal gave the Reds their first win at Rangers since 1950 and lifted them off the bottom of the Sky Bet Championship table, moving them four points from safety.

“The mood in the changing room after that was great,” Struber said.

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“We made it difficult for our opponents. We created a situation where it is hard to play against Barnsley.

“The second half showed me the mentality and character of the players - to never give up.

“We played against a team with high individual quality and stayed shoulder to shoulder with them.

“It’s not a normal situation that Barnsley win in London against QPR.

“I hope this performance and result will give every player confidence. This was big work together.

“We know that every point in our situation is very important. Today we played very well and now we work step by step from game to game.”

Simoes, making only his third league start, caused Rangers’ defence problems and took his goal nicely.

The 20-year-old has impressed Struber, who said: “It’s not a big surprise for me. Elliot gave a good performance and he has showed me in training that he has talent.

“He made the necessary step to get into the first 11 and he showed me a very good performance.”