Barnsley are determined despite a disappointing loss on Tuesday ahead of tough run of three games in 10 days.
Barnsley manager Daniel Stendel praised his young side’s second half performance against Sunderland and hopes that they can take that forward to this Saturday’s FA Cup tie against Southend.
“How they reacted to the disappointment of three-nil, then three-one at half-time. I said we don’t have anything to lose – it doesn’t matter if we lose five-one or whatever. We’ll try to come back and bring our match to them and that’s what we did.”
Southend sit nine places, but only nine points, below Barnsley in League One and won 2-0 against Scunthorpe on Tuesday.
However, they needed a replay and extra time to see off their first round opponents, League Two side Crawley Town, who they eventually beat 6-2.
A good omen can be found in the last time Barnsley played Southend in the FA Cup.
In 2008 the then Championship side beat the the Essex side one nil as part of a cup run that saw them make it all the way to the semi-final, where they lost against Cardiff.
On Tuesday they welcome the Manchester City Under-21 team to Oakwell, in an EFL Cup match that brings Paul Harsley back to the club he managed for a grand total of one game. They return to action in the league on 8 December against mid-table Wycombe Wanderers.
When asked about the busy winter schedule in English football, loanee Mike Steven-Bähre said: “I like it. Every player, they want to play, they don’t just want to train.
“You train for games. You don’t train just to train. So it’s quite nice to have so many games.”
The Tykes make the long trip down to Southend on Saturday for a 3pm kick-off.