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Reds inspire me - Flitcroft

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BARNSLEY boss David Flitcroft is being “inspired” by his players.

The Reds host Wolves tonight in a crunch Championship clash full of confidence after their memorable run to the FA Cup quarter-finals.

And Flitcroft and his resurgent charges, unbeaten in their last eight games, know a victory could see them haul themselves out of the relegation zone for the first time this year.

Wolves are just a point above the Reds, with Flitcroft’s side also having a game in hand on a few of the clubs above them.

“This group of players just want to keep achieving and keep aspiring to be better,” said Flitcroft. “That’s inspiring me. I’m motivated and driven by this group of players.

“I’m bringing the word respect to this football club. I demand respect and you’ve got to earn respect as well.

“Every one of those players doesn’t know when they’re beaten. They don’t want to get beaten and that’s the key thing for me.

“The FA Cup gives everyone the chance to be fully inclusive. It’s something to be proud of getting through to the last eight teams in the country.

“But we won’t get carried away with it [our run], I’m as a level-headed person as you’ll ever meet.

“I asked for new heroes - and everyone has stood up.

“I could go through the team, but they’re my heroes. I’m getting inspired by them and the fans.

“The game will always be about the fans and you’ve got to put their dreams and aspirations into the melting pot.”

The Reds have earned a dream away clash with Premier League champions Manchester City in the next round of the Cup on March 9 at the Ethiad Stadium.

But it’s back to domestic duty this week with key matches coming up against sides who are also fighting for their Championship future.

Wolves have not won in 10 matches, with six defeats in that poor run of fixtures.

However, they did beat Barnsley 3-1 earlier in the season and have not lost to the Reds since December 2007.

Flitcroft could again shuffle his pack ahead of another important league clash with strugglers Bristol City on Saturday, with defender Jimmy McNulty having returned from a long lay-off with an ankle injury.

But midfielders Stephen Dawson (ankle) and Paul Digby (hip) are still both missing with injury, while forward Kelvin Etuhu is a major doubt following his sickening collision with Adam Chickson in Saturday’s 3-1 away win over MK Dons in the fifth round.

The pair accidentally clashed heads and Etuhu, whose face was covered in blood, had to be stretchered off and taken to hospital for further treatment.

 

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