Barnsley: O’Brien demands reaction from ‘drained’ Reds

Jim O'Brien breaks through the Leeds defence
Jim O'Brien breaks through the Leeds defence
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Barnsley midfielder Jim O’Brien believes it is imperative the club get out of the relegation zone as soon as possible.

And the ambitious Scot is confident the Reds will grow from strength-to-strength if they achieve that target in the coming weeks. There is probably no better time for the Championship basement boys to be facing Blackpool at home this weekend.

The Seasiders have lost eight of their last nine games and are in freefall in the division. “We need a reaction now, getting out of the bottom three would give us a lot of confidence,” O’Brien told The Star.

“Mentally it’s been very draining being down there [in the relegation zone] all season.

“It puts you in bad mood, which is difficult because you’ve got to try and have a social life as well. We’re all trying really hard to get things going and now we’ve got a manager [Danny Wilson] in place whose been round the block and has great experience.”

Midfielder David Perkins became the fourth player to leave Oakwell yesterday since Wilson’s return when he joined Blackpool, following in the footsteps of Scott Wiseman, Chris Dagnall and youngster Wade Joyce. Perkins is ineligible to play in today’s league fixture.

The club also released defender Jimmy McNulty with the 28-year-old teaming up with former Reds’ boss David Flitcroft at Bury.

The Reds’ last home game of the season against QPR on May 3 has been moved forward from a 3pm kick-off to 12.15.