PETER JACKSON feels improved discipline is helping Town cement their Coca-Cola League I challenge.
At this stage last season, Town had two sendings-off and 16 bookings from nine games with another two red cards just around the corner.
Now, Town have 14 yellows and only Jon Worthington, with four, on the verge of a suspension as Barnsley come to the McAlpine with Jackson's men hunting a third straight win and clean sheet.
"We had a very poor run disciplinary wise before Christmas last year and I'm delighted with how things have gone this time," said Jackson, who was hoping Junior Mendes and Lee Fowler could return to training after illness.
"We are bound to have the odd booking with the effort and commitment we put in, but I'm glad to say we haven't had anyone sent off as yet.
"Last season, it was down to frustration as much as anything but, this time, Worthy is the only one on four and he hasn't let it affect him one bit.
"All the lads are playing well, though, and we want to keep that going against Barnsley at the Galpharm, when we hope a big crowd will cheer us on."