Football - Derby clash is ideal - Flitcroft

Barnsley manager David Flitcroft feels Saturday's Yorkshire derby against Huddersfield will bring the best out of his players as they chase their first win of the Sky Bet Championship season.

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The Reds sit bottom of the table after taking only one point from their first four league games, but have happy memories of the John Smith's Stadium, where they drew 2-2 on the final day last term to ensure another year in the second tier.

"Are we looking forward to it? Absolutely," Flitcroft told Press Association Sport.

"That's been the direction since Tuesday night, looking forward not back, because I do enjoy the games and working with these players and the fact that this is a local derby only adds spice to our build-up.

"The fact that it's against Huddersfield after both sides made sure they stayed up on the last day last season certainly gives it a bit more flavour.

"But I'm not looking for a quick-fix. I'm looking for long-term progression. I'm looking for us to be better and to fight harder and I'm looking for my players to put performances in that reflect who I am as a person and my management staff.

"The goals we've conceded have not reflected that and that has disappointed me. I want them to display that fight and struggle and they haven't done that to the best of their ability yet."

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