BARNSLEY: One win will ease Reds fears says Gray

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BARNSLEY striker Andy Gray has backed the club to retain their Championship status.

Former Sheffield United and Leeds United marksman Gray has played long enough to know anything can happen at the end of the season with teams battling hard for survival.

But the Reds have a nine-point cushion over third-from-bottom Bristol City with six games to play - and Gray, whose contract expires in the summer, believes another win will go a long way to preventing the club slipping any further down the table than their current 18th position.

The Reds lost 1-0 at Ipswich Town last Saturday and now face two games in four days over the Easter break, at home to promotion-chasers West Ham on Good Friday and then at Blackpool on Easter Monday.

“It should be a tough weekend,” admitted Gray. “It is frustrating at the minute, especially because I didn’t think we played badly against Ipswich. But we can’t dwell on it, we need to get a win and keep going.

“There’s no easy games in this division, but generally against the better teams this year we’ve done well.

“We’re looking forward to the games over Easter, it’s going to be a good test for us.”

Winger Jim O’Brien could return to the starting line-up on Friday having featured as a late substitute against the Tractor Boys, while defender Rob Edwards is making good progress in his recovery from a hamstring injury.