NIGEL Clough says that tomorrow’s trip to Barnsley will give his team the chance to see how far they have progressed.
Albion made it four points from the last two away games with Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Shrewsbury but now face the team in second who are aiming for automatic promotion.
Clough said: “We have one of the best teams in the league to play twice now in the last 14 games and one of our old players Cauley Woodrow is knocking them in as he will do. It will be nice to see him, but I hope he goes easy on us.
“It will be a huge test. The vast majority of teams we have played when you ask who the best side they have faced is they will say Barnsley. It’s a big club, big infrastructure and it will be our most difficult game of the season going there with the confidence they have at the moment.
“We have improved a lot and it's only one defeat in ten now. You can say it’s a lot of draws but we were losing too many games earlier in the season. We know we have improved but Barnsley will let us see how far we have improved as they and Luton are the best teams at the moment.
“We are a top half of League One side - the reason we are not closer to the top six are the daft defeats at the start of the season when we had injuries and the squad wasn’t quite there. It’s now a challenge to take it on again.”
Josh Clarke and Ben Fox will still be absent but Clough hopes everyone else will be fit to play.
He said: “Ben is down to train again some time this week but won’t be ready for Barnsley so it will be the same squad.”