Barnsley: Flitcroft says Reds will battle all the way

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Barnsley boss David Flitcroft believes the club are in “good shape” ahead of the biggest game of their season.

The Reds - who are set to announce after tomorrow’s game who their new manager will be with Flitcroft expected to be the man - cannot afford to lose at Huddersfield or they are down and their seven-season stay in the Championship will be over.

But Flitcroft is confident the Reds can avoid the drop and blossom next season.

“We’re desperate to stay in the division and I’ve said to the players from day one that we’ll fight to the end,” he said.

“But if we go down fighting we’ll be fighting until the end.

“If we go down it’s [relegation] something that will way heavily on my shoulders – and people could lose their jobs. That’s something I’ve not been sleeping too easy with.

“Unfortunately though that’s the cold light of relegation. Jobs are at stake, including my own.

“But we’re in good shape and I certainly won’t be panicking on the last game of the season.”

Midfielder Stephen Dawson is back for this weekend’s Terriers test, while midfielder Jacob Mellis and Rory Delap face late fitness tests to see if they’ll be fit.

And Flitcroft is expecting an exciting finish to the season with a string of clubs, including themselves, all looking to avoid the drop.

“I’m expecting a lot of goals and I’m expecting a lot of nerves from the teams around us, but they’ll be no panic because we’ve not panicked from the start of the season,” stressed Flitcroft.

A point and a defeat for Peterborough at Palace saves Barnsley but if they both draw then Barnsley go down.

“We’ve remained focused – Sir Alex Ferguson told me to stick to the football and you’ll get results. That advice is something that’s remained with me from day one. But I didn’t think it would take 54 points to get to this point.”

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