Barnsley: Danny’s chance for a new duo to shine for Reds

Danny Wilson, right, after Jacob Mellis is sent off
Danny Wilson, right, after Jacob Mellis is sent off
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Danny Wilson is hopeful of a fresh bill of health for Saturday’s home clash with Ipswich Town.

And the Barnsley boss knows the fixture provides a welcome opportunity for two other players to step in a shine in place of the suspended Jacob Mellis and Emmanuel Frimpong.

Former Chelsea playmaker Mellis will miss the Reds’ next three games after he was sent-off for a reckless challenge late on in last weekend’s 1-0 defeat away to Sheffield Wednesday.

And former Arsenal recruit Frimpong will also miss the fixture with the Tractor Boys at Oakwell, suspended for one match for the two yellow cards – and resulting sending-off – in his forgettable debut against the Owls.

“We can’t be having players getting sent off, but it’s happened now and we have to move,” stressed Wilson, speaking to The Star.

“Of course I’m disappointed both players got sent off, but I don’t think we were helped by refereeing decisions.

“Ultimately though we have to look at ourselves and realised we should have seen it through [right until the final whistle].

“We defended brilliantly and gave everything. If the players show that type of attitude for the rest of the season then it’s going to count for a lot.

“We’re not going to have Jacob or Emmanuel for Saturday, but that gives an opportunity to other players to come in and be given the chance to do well.”

Wilson has worked tirelessly to strengthen his squad ever since he returned for a second managerial spell with the Reds.

“I’m really happy with the business we’ve done in the transfer window, we’ve recruited some very good players,” he said. “I think our fans are quite excited by the signings we’ve made, which is great.“They know that we can’t sit on our hands.”