Neill Collins praised Barnsley’s exceptional away form and said moving Jordan Williams out of the back three at the weekend was based on Fleetwood Town’s pitch and their forwards.

Collins’ side won 2-1 at Fleetwood on Saturday – a ninth victory on the road this season.

The Reds have taken 33 points from 16 games on their travels, losing just once which is the fewest in English professional football.

Head coach Collins told the Chronicle: “If you had told me at the start of the season we would have lost one game standing at Fleetwood in February, I would have been over the moon.

“But we try not to limit our expectations. It’s always good to be realistic but equally it shows what teams are capable of. The players don’t think too much about it. They take each game as it comes and hopefully we can keep it going.”

Captain Williams was moved from the right of the back three, where he has played for most of the season, to right wing-back with Jamie McCart joining Mael de Gevigney and Josh Earl as the centre-backs.

Collins said: “Everyone has been waiting on it, apparently. We expected (Jayden) Stockley to play as a nine so wanted to match them up.

“Jamie is back fit. Jordan was playing there because he was our best option there but now we have more options. A lot of it was about the pitch and the opponents.”