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Flitcroft eyeing further gains

20 February 2013

David Flitcroft is targeting the teams above his Barnsley side after they moved out of the npower Championship relegation zone with a fourth successive win in beating Wolves 2-1.

The Reds overcame an early deficit against Wolves thanks to second-half goals from Chris Dagnall and Jacob Mellis, which eclipsed Bjorn Sigurdarson's early strike, and it extended a remarkable run of form under Flitcroft.

"Getting out of the bottom three was the first objective I set," Flitcroft said. "Five or six wins on the spin and now we are out of it and we are looking up.

"It is the teams above that start thinking they are safe around Christmas. We have got the momentum. We keep applying more pressure on the bottom 10 and that is the aim.

"It was an incredible win," he added. "You could feel the pressure at the start of the game because of the run we have had.

"I said to the lads at half-time we just needed one goal. Once we got that I knew we would win the game. The performance after getting an incredible draw in the FA Cup was superb.

"That's why the win is incredibly big, we have had get back to earth. On Sunday night I was dreaming of the Wolves team and Manchester City, I had Sylvan Ebanks-Blake linking up with Sergio Aguero. So I had a sleepless night!"

Barnsley's move out of the bottom three came at the expense of Wolves and leaves Dean Saunders without a win in seven games at the helm.

The beleaguered boss was left to rue missed chances and pleaded for a change of fortune.

"We just need a bit of luck," he said. "Jamie O'Hara's shot might be over the line and we go 2-0 up. We could have scored a few more.We have had chances and it's just not going for us at the minute."

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