Barnsley boss Danny Wilson isn’t fazed about trying to get one over his former club Sheffield United in this weekend’s eagerly-anticipated South Yorkshire derby.
Wilson returns to Bramall Lane looking to guide his Reds’ team to a famous win against a Blades’ outfit who have won five of their last six matches in an impressive unbeaten run.
And he wants his team to be the “pride of Yorkshire” this term, the best team in the region: “I’m going back there to do a job and I want to get Barnsley three points,” stressed Wilson, who managed the Blades from May 2011 until April 2013.
“We’ll give Sheffield United a really good run for their money. “I’ve no idea what reaction I’ll get from Sheffield United supporters, but whatever it is I’ll take it in my stride.
“Whatever happens I can walk in there [Bramall Lane] with my head held high and walk out of there with my head held high.”
Wilson is boosted by a fully fit squad and he added: “It’s a game I suppose that everybody looked at on the fixture list when it came out.
“Derby games for all fans provide that extra little bit of spice - and this is no different. It’s a big Yorkshire derby and there’s a lot at stake.
“Sheffield United go into the game in fantastic form, so they’ll be really firing.
“But from our point of view, despite some of the results we’ve had, we’re going into the game quite confident and playing quite well. So it promises to be a good spectacle with any luck. These games are what they’re billed as, they’re ‘what it says on the tin’ so to speak.
“They’re full-bloodied and I’m sure they’ll be no lack of commitment from both teams. We’ve got a full bill of health for the weekend, which is great.
“We’ve had one or two problems for the early part of the season with injuries, but thankfully we’ve managed to get over it.”
Meanwhile, defender Joe Dudgeon hopes to silence the Blades’ fans as quickly as possible this afternoon.
“I’ve never played in any big derby matches to be honest,” said Dudgeon. “I’ve played for Hull against Leeds, but I’m sure this weekend will be special.
“A lot of the lads enjoy playing away from home because there’s less pressure on you.
“And if you start well and play well, then the home fans get on their team’s back.
“If we can start well and be on the front foot, then hopefully that will turn their fans against them and we’ll have the upper hand.
“The quicker the start the better for us because if we get on top of them that will play into our hands.”