Slavisa Jokanovic has challenged his Fulham side to be more solid without the ball when they travel to Oakwell on Saturday.
Barnsley have impressed upon their return to the Sky Bet Championship, and Jokanovic knows it will be a tough test to break the Whites winless run.
“We used this international break to try and fix our problem,” he explained. “We weren’t complete because I have many players who play for their national team, but I am happy with how they are working on the training pitch.
“We have our first test in front of us and I expect we’re going to improve and we’re going to show more quality than we showed last month.
“They are a very dangerous team, very physical, very strong. They scored many goals from set-pieces. They play very intense football and we have to be ready. Every game in the Championship is a dangerous game, a tough game.
“We made important things with the ball and we have to improve without the ball. Many people are talking about how we haven’t scored the goals, but we created many, many chances.
“We arrived many times in the box and, it’s true, we missed many good chances and didn’t score the goals. But the solutions can be from the other side, too; it’s as important how you play without the ball, and we have to still be more organised, more aggressive, more solid.
“There is only one team who made less fouls in the competition. To foul is part of the game, too, and this shows a little bit of a lack of aggression in the few games on the back of us.
“We created many things, in some moments we played very good football, we have to continue to create the chances and wait to score the goals.”
Controlling the play and manufacturing openings has not been a problem for Fulham this season, and Jokanovic is confident that his team is not far away from getting the results they crave.
“If we are thinking about the last two games; we missed many chances against Forest, we shot 25 times against QPR and missed two penalties,” he stated.
“It’s a very strange situation for us but I believe if we continue to create these kinds of situation then we are going to put the ball in the net.
“I don’t want to put pressure on my players, they know the job they have to do in the game, but our target is to be organised, continue to create the chances.
“I expect if we create things we are going to score the goals, but our solution could be in the complete opposite side. We’ve won three games and had three clean sheets. A clean sheet can be our solution.
“If we are not a team who will score 70 goals, we can be a team who improves from another side and finds a solution in a little bit of a different way.
“It’s not a question of having more possession and shooting 35 times to score the goals, we need to concentrate more, and especially we need to be more solid without the ball.”