Barnsley boss Danny Wilson is backing his side to show their battling qualities away to Bolton Wanderers tomorrow.
A 1-0 home loss to automatic promotion-chasers Burnley on Tuesday night saw the previously resurgent Reds drop to second from bottom in the Championship.
And, more worryingly, Wilson’s charges are now five points adrift of fellow strugglers Charlton Athletic with just six games remaining.
But Wilson knows a victory over the Trotters at the Reebok Stadium would be the perfect confidence-booster ahead of next Tuesday’s crunch clash with the Addicks at The Valley.
“We’ll still got a hell of a lot to play for,” stressed Wilson. “The one thing we can’t allow to happen is for the boys to let their heads go down. That belief has to remain as high as it was before. We’ve been endorsing that there’s still 18 points to play for, which is a hell of a lot at this stage in the season.
“If we relax now then we will perhaps regret it later on. If everybody thinks it’s over now then it will be a big regret. In my eyes, and through experience, things will take twists and turns from now until the end of the season.
“I certainly things will happen in the last couple of games, even as far down the line as that. So it’s important we keep working hard and giving everything.”
The manager is boosted by the return of the previously suspended Kelvin Etuhu, as well as fellow midfielder Liam Lawrence, who has recovered from a calf injury.