Barnsley look to continue their impressive recent form when they visit Port Vale on Tuesday from 7.45pm.

The Reds are unbeaten in four, with three wins and a draw at Portsmouth, which puts them sixth in League One.

Vale are currently 15th in League One, 13 points behind Barnsley and nine clear of the relegation zone.

They were threatening to mount a play-off push but, since New Year’s Day, have taken just two points from six league games. They lost 3-2 at Shrewsbury Town on Saturday.

The newly-promoted side have former Reds manager David Flitcroft as their director of football.

Head coach Michael Duff said: “They’re a funny team actually. They play some really good and expansive football away from home.

“But you can’t do that on their pitch - it’s terrible. We have to adapt to what they do.

“They’re in a bit of a difficult moment. I think they haven’t won for a few games but Darrell Clarke’s teams are always the same.

“He goes for it all the time and, if it’s not working after 20 minutes, then he’ll change the shape.

“Then if it’s not working again, he’ll change it again. Their average attendance has gone from three or four thousands to eight or nine now.

“There’s a real good feeling within there. They possess different challenges but we go there confident and hopefully try and get another result.”

The two teams have met twice already this season. They drew 1-1 at Oakwell in September with the visitors netting a late leveller after Liam Kitching scored.

Vale then won 2-1 at home in the EFL Trophy in November, with a young Reds side conceding twice in the first half an hour before the now departed loanee Tom Edwards netted a fine long-range goal.

This will be the 114th meeting of the two clubs, with Barnsley winning 46 and losing 47.

Their last league trip to Vale Park was in 2016 when they ended a run of five straight losses there with a 1-0 win thanks to Conor Hourihane’s free-kick.

Goalkeeper Harry Isted added: “They’re a physical team - long balls and quite direct – but we’re up for the challenge.

“We’ve just got to concentrate on ourselves and not the other teams around us.

“We’ve got to keep winning football games.”