Barnsley: Cranie to put friendships aside for Coventry trip

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Reds skipper Martin Cranie is looking forward to catching up with some old friends at former club Coventry City tonight.

But the centre-back will put friendship aside on the pitch as he looks to guide the Reds to victory over the Sky Blues at the Sixfields Stadium.

Cranie scored his first goal since September 2009 as the Reds came from behind to beat Crewe Alexandra 2-1 on Saturday.

And Danny Wilson’s improving side will be looking to make it back-to-back wins in League One in their second away game in four days.

“It will be good to see some old faces, but I want to go there [Coventry] and get three points,” said Cranie.

“We showed a great attitude to win [on Saturday] having been behind at half-time.”

Cranie and his Barnsley teammates will also come face-to-face with former Reds’ winger Jim O’Brien and former loan striker Marcus Tudgay, both of whom now play for Coventry.

O’Brien netted the only goal of the game as Coventry beat Sheffield United at home at the weekend.

“I still speak to Jim to be honest,” revealed Cranie. “I’ve kept in touch with him since he moved to Coventry.

“It’s nice he scored [on Saturday], but hopefully he doesn’t score on Tuesday.”

Midfielder James Bailey and winger Keith Treacy came away from the Crewe win with tight groins, but both are expected to be fit for Coventry clash.

Midfielder Dale Jennings is still missing as he serves the last match of his three-match suspension, while striker Kane Hemmings has not featured yet this season because of an ankle injury.

But despite a few injury concerns, Reds’ boss Wilson is happy with the progress his side are making and confident, given time, his squad will grow from strength to strength.

Striker Danny Rose has left Barnsley and signed a three-year deal with League Two Bury.

Rose only agreed a three-month loan deal with the Shakers last Friday, but within in the space of three more days has agreed a permanent switch away.