Barnsley: Danny’s boys out to shock the Foxes

Luke Steele and Jim O'Brien share a hug at full time
Luke Steele and Jim O'Brien share a hug at full time
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Barnsley boss Danny Wilson has backed his confidence-boosted side to give Championship leaders Leicester City a real scare at Oakwell tonight.

But fighting talk aside, Wilson knows a little bit of luck could go a long way in helping his side secure what could be their best win of the season.

The Reds clawed their way off the bottom of the table on Saturday with a fine 1-0 home win over promotion-chasers Nottingham Forest.

And Wilson knows his team will have to be on the “top of our game” to stand any chance of upsetting a Foxes side who are unbeaten in their last 14 outings.

“I’d like to think we have a big slice of luck on our side [to beat them],” said Wilson. “If I could have that [luck] now I’d take it.

“They’re [Leicester] on a fantastic run at the moment. For me they’re a Premier League team in waiting.

“It’s only a matter of time [before they get promoted]. But we have a different agenda and the confidence we’ve taken from Saturday’s win over Forest will hopefully benefit for us.

“It will be a tough game. I don’t they’ll come here and expect us to have our bellies tickled, they’ll expect a fight from us. And they’ll get one.”

Wilson has one injury concern with winger Jim O’Brien a doubt with a knee injury, while striker Marcus Pedersen (hamstring) and defender Bobby Hassell (calf) remain on the treatment table.

“It’s another tough game, but we have to remain professional,” stressed Wilson.

“Performance-wise it will be hard to make changes because I thought everyone contributed [to our win over Forest]. We proved on Saturday that if we’re not overly-expansive then we’re difficult to break down. We have to maintain that.

“The ideals of playing football in an open end-to-end game won’t suit us.

“If we’d have tried to that on Saturday we’d have probably lost to Forest.

“Playing tight keeps our full-backs in and keeps us nice and narrow. Hopefully that restricts chances to the opposition.”

* Stoke City loan winger Brek Shea has left Oakwell and returned to his parent club before his deal was due to expire on 3 April.