Scott Golbourne believes teams have started to respect Barnsley more since their 5-0 win at Birmingham City last month and have employed negative tactics to avoid becoming the Reds’ next victims.
Barnsley have taken one Championship point from nine available since that Sky-televised win, and left-back Golbourne wants to prove that result was not a ‘fluke’ at Charlton Athletic.
“It has been an eye-opener since the Birmingham game,” said Golbourne.
“Teams have started to show us more respect and they are trying to stop us from playing that type of football again.“We have seen teams play three at the back and overcrowd midfield. It is a challenge but a good challenge. We need to show that the Birmingham match was not a fluke and I am sure we will do that.”
Golbourne, 24, thinks Charlton will be as direct as Leeds were in Barnsley’s last match. He said: “I am expecting a similar game to the Leeds one. Charlton play quite direct football with a lot of long balls which is obviously different to how we play. But we have to impose ourselves on the game and earn the right to play our own type of football. The first goal will be crucial.
“We might not be able to get the ball down and pass it straight away because the start could be quite frantic.We will have to win headers and make a lot of tackles until we can find a bit more space. The manager calls it ‘wrestling’ and we may have to do that for ten, 20 or even 45 minutes until we have imposed ourselves.
“There are a lot of direct teams in this league. I look at some of them and I don’t think I would fit in at all because of the physical way they play. But the way Barnsley play complements my own game and I am enjoying myself here.”
The Reds have lost 26 games and won three on their 33 visits to London this millennium. One of the victories was a 3-1 success at Charlton in 2008 as Jon Macken’s brace and a Darren Moore goal gave Barnsley their first win at the Valley.