Michael Duff is delighted with Barnsley’s tally of 54 points across the last 23 games, the equivalent of half a season.

The Reds have won 17 of their 23 games since late October, drawing three and losing three.

They are fourth in League One, five points off the top two with eight games left.

On the points over those 23 games, head coach Duff told the Chronicle: “I am very happy. We have obviously played all the big teams in that run because it’s half a season. It’s just a shame there isn’t another half a season now.

“The players deserve a lot of credit. They keep going and we ask a lot of them. Hard work pays you back and they work really hard.”

Barnsley now play seven games across 22 days starting from Friday’s trip to Burton Albion.

Duff said: “We have a lot of games to fit in in a short time. It will be tough and the squad will be needed.

“I would have happily started with the team that finished on Saturday. So that shows the quality we have.

“There are still good players who aren’t in the squad at the minute like Oli Shaw, Barry Cotter and Josh Martin.”