HASSELL: BARNSLEY HAVE STARTED NEXT YEAR’S BATTLE
LONG-SERVING Barnsley defender Bobby Hassell says they will not be celebrating narrowly staying up for too long as they need to start planning for next season.
A battling 2-2 draw with Huddersfield, coupled with Crystal Palace’s late winner over Peterborough, saw the Reds finish a point ahead of relegated Posh on a desperate final day.
It was a dramatic escape after they were rock bottom when David Flitcroft took over as manager from sacked Keith Hill in December.
But despite relief at staying up – thanks to nine wins from 20 games – the defender, right, doesn’t want another relegation dog-fight next term.
“Everybody wrote us off when we were bottom, but I always believed we could stay up,” he said.“I knew it wouldn’t be easy, but we’ve shown some incredible character.
“It was unbearable listening to the scores come in, but it would have been a travesty if we’d gone down, after our form since Christmas.
“We should be proud of what we’ve achieved, but not get too carried away because we have finished near the bottom. Hopefully we can come back stronger.”