FEW people associated with Barnsley will have been lamenting the end of the old year.
The Reds endured a deeply disappointing 2015 and fans are praying that the club’s fortunes have reached a plateau.
That said, striker Sam Winnall is confident that the side have already turned a corner after a horrendous autumn when the Oakwell outfit were in freefall.
Winnall suffered along with the rest of his team-mates in a torrid run, but things are starting to get back on a even keen for himself and the Reds, with the ex-Scunthorpe frontman heading into the new year on the back of two-goal salvo in the 4-2 win over Blackpool last time out.
In terms of a ‘lightbulb moment’ in the campaign, Winnall has cited an unremarkable November victory over York in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy as being the point when things started to turn in the right direction.
He said: “We think it has turned, 100 per cent. The results in essence have turned and if you look at them over the past month, we have definitely had a lot more positive results against tough sides as well.
“Performances from where we were two months ago to now are chalk and cheese and everyone can see that, not just players.
“We believe things have changed and the staff do and I think the fans can see that as well and it something we have got to build on.
“The biggest moment for me was when we ended the drought when we beat York. We knew it was a massive game and not just because it was the JPT and we were striving to get to the final. When you are on a run of losing games, you have to end that somewhere and the game provided the spark we needed to end that run.
“Obviously Adam (Hammill) has made that bit of difference, providing that bit of quality on the left, but I think much of the improvement is down to continuity, too. We have found something we want to stick with and we haven’t been changing formation as a team. We have found a style and the more we build on that, the better it will get.”