Centre-back Jimmy McNulty believes that there is more to come from Barnsley in the second half of the season.
He says: “Up to January reports on us should read, ‘good but can do better’.
“I think that we have pleased the supporters by the way we have gone about things. We have attempted to produce an eyecatching brand of football and the fans have been very appreciative of that.
“I do think we have not got the results that our football has merited. But we’ve done okay. We have kept away from the bottom end of the Championship and now the aim is to try and push towards the top.
“In terms of money, budgets, wages and things like that, the gaffer is not as flush as other managers. He can’t go out and spend massive amounts of money on new players, so that can be difficult, but he has a great track record of getting players in for little or no money and moulding them into a competitive team.
“He did it at Rochdale and he is in the process of doing it here at Barnsley. Most people would acknowledge he’s done a fantastic job so far.
“We enjoyed a great win over Leeds just before the new year, but then had a couple of blips, losing to Doncaster and then going out of the FA Cup to a very good Swansea side.
“So we are fully aware that we lack a bit of consistency at the moment. But all the lads in the squad are determined to try and put together a run during the second half of the season which takes us closer to the top six. We did it once when we managed to go seven or eight unbeaten so there is no reason why we can’t replicate that.
“There is plenty to be pleased and encouraged about, but there will be no resting on laurels.
“We have to try and take the season to the next level now.”