Flitcroft so delighted to get fans back on side

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DAVID FLITCROFT insists buoyant Barnsley have reconnected with their supporters.

The Reds’ revolution under Flitcroft is gathering momentum by the week with the Oakwell outfit having won their last three matches and five of their last six to galvanise their relegation fight.

Fans disgruntled by events in the first half of the season are warming to the spirit and high energy shown by the Reds, with their victorious efforts at Bloomfield Road last week saluted by a big travelling continent.

Flitcroft heralded the moment as his best in football.

“The players feel the positivity and there’s a connection there (with supporters) and I want to keep that going on,” said the former No 2 to Keith Hill.

“The Blackpool reception I got was quite incredible. I spent Saturday night with my family, who came to the game, and they felt it. My wife and my two boys were really proud and it was probably my proudest day in football, really.

“It was great to get that connection with a group who wanted us to win and be a part of what we are doing.

“That has given me excitement and I have expressed that to the players.

“They have been accepted by the fans, which they need to be, and everyone likes to be loved.

“The way the crowd have galvanised with the group of players has been a success.

“My only worry at the minute is that a lot of great work might be undone quite quickly unless we say, ‘We are seeing this plan through for the rest of the season.’

“We have got 16 games and want to win a lot more than we lose,” added Flitcroft, who stepped up to the plate when Sean O’Driscoll and then Terry Butcher declined the offer of the job,

Barnsley’s current optimism contrasts markedly with the dark clouds over Teesside with Boro seeking to avoid a fifth successive league defeat today.

It is threatening a reprise of last season when Boro tailed off alarmingly after an impressive first half of the campaign to miss out on a play-off berth.

Middlesbrough have not picked up a point in 2013, with manager Tony Mowbray having freshened up training in an attempt to yield a response from his side, who are looking to remain in the play-off frame.

He added: “I have spent a lot of time looking at what we do.

“We have changed a few things to try to snap out of things that could be the stereotype, so we look for reasons.

“It is not as if we are talking about four disastrous performances – we have had two poor and one-and-a-half decent ones but it’s hard to put our finger on the problem.”