BARNSLEY boss Danny Wilson has vowed his side will fight until the bitter end despite staring down the barrel of Championship relegation.
The misfiring Reds have two games to save their season and Wilson, who has done an admirable job with the mess which former manager David Flitcroft left, knows nothing less than victory away to Middlesbrough on Saturday will prolong any hope of avoiding the drop.
“This is our cup final, we have to win and nothing less will do,” stressed Wilson, speaking exclusively to The Star. “It’s nothing less than our fans deserve. I’m going to be candid because this a do-or-die game for us. If we lose then it’s all over for us.
“If we can get the win we’re looking for then it makes it really interesting for the last day of the season.
“We’ve got to get something out of the game, so we’ll be trying everything we can do to that.”
The Reds are second from bottom and four points from safety after successive defeats. And Wilson moved yesterday to bolster his attacking options for the weekend by recalling Danny Rose, the young striker, from his loan spell at Bury.
“Before Danny went out he’d not played a lot, but he’s scored a few goals for Bury and will give us another option,” admitted Wilson.
But Wilson warned: “A cavalier attitude is fine, but we’re not going to win a game 4-3. That stats show that we don’t that, we haven’t got those sorts of players who are going to get that type of result. We haven’t got lots of goalscorers, so it’s important to find the balance between keeping a cleansheet and giving ourselves a chance in our remaining games.”
Wilson could also welcome back Jim O’Brien, with the winger back in training after a knee cartilage operation, but striker Marcus Pedersen and defender Peter Ramage are still missing through injury.