ROBBIE Cundy is pleased to have returned to the Barnsley starting line-up in recent weeks and believes the difference in the team between now and the start of the season is ‘night and day.’

The 25-year-old centre-back joined in the summer, after leaving Bristol City, during a tumultuous time for the Reds with many changes to the squad following relegation. They are now competing for an immediate return back to the Championship.

Cundy told the Chronicle: “It’s been night and day from the summer. The team spirit has got stronger and that shows in our results and performances. We’ve come a very long way and we want to keep it going.”

Cundy has been in and out of the team but returned to the 11 for the win over Burton Albion and draw at Accrington Stanley on Monday due to an injury to Tom Edwards.

He told the Chronicle: “I have had to wait it out at times this season. But we have really good depth in our squad. I knew that when I came here. I have enjoyed all my time here but I love playing so hopefully I can stay in the team.

“All you can do when you’re out the side is be a team player, train well and you will get a chance.”

He added: “I have enjoyed it a lot here and I can tell the improvements we’ve made with the high line, pressing, getting out quickly. I have really enjoyed working with the gaffer (Michael Duff).”

Almost 2,000 Barnsley fans watched the draw at Accrington despite hailstones on the uncovered section of the away end.

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“They have been great away from home. Hats off to them for standing in the rain and being noisy. We wanted to get the three points for them.”