Tykes' focus turns to survival
Barnsley are keen to put their FA Cup heroics behind them and concentrate on staying in the Championship.
By Chris Burton
Last Updated: 07/04/08 4:43pm
Barnsley's Simon Davey and Brian Howard have told Sky Sports News that they are keen to put their FA Cup heroics firmly behind them and concentrate on staying in the Championship.
The Tykes were beaten 1-0 by Cardiff in the semi-finals of the cup on Sunday, but can look back on a remarkable run to the last four which saw them dispose of Premier League giants Liverpool and Chelsea.
However, with their dreams ended in the weekend Wembley showdown, attentions must now turn to ensuring that they avoid relegation to League One.
They currently sit outside the drop zone on goal difference, but with six games left to determine their fate Davey insists that the club will now be treating every fixture as a cup final.
"We've got six games left and they're six cup finals," the Barnsley boss told Sky Sports News.
"We were hoping to be in the proper FA Cup final but we're not in it and we've got six cup finals which we have to go and win.
"Hopefully we'll win six, but if we win three I'll be happy.
"You just have to hope that the cup has been put to bed, anybody who had any thoughts and their eyes on Wembley now have to move on.
"We have six games, three at home and three away, and we have to pick up some points, so the main focus now is on Wednesday and a big game at Watford.
"We've tried to put Barnsley back on the map and it's a fantastic club.
"It's friendly from the owner down to the kit man, and the supporters are very passionate about their football and we try and play football in the right way.
"It's taken us to a semi-final and hopefully it will keep us in the division, which I'm sure it will, and you'll see a lot more of us next season."
The Tykes' skipper Brian Howard also feels that it is vital the cup run is forgotten about as soon as possible and that improving their league form becomes the main priority.
"It's very disappointing to lose in the semi-finals of the cup," he said.
"If we hadn't played well you would be disappointed to lose the game, but I thought we maybe had the better of it and on another day a couple of chances would have gone in and we'd be in the final.
"But we can't lay on that now, we've got an important few games and we have to make sure we stay in the Championship, so everyone's back to reality.
"It's been a great run, everyone should be proud of themselves, everyone should hold their heads up high, but it's really about our league form now and we have to stick together.
"We've got a great team spirit among the lads and we'll pick each other up, and hopefully we'll get a win Wednesday night."