Barnsley: Pragmatic Wilson refuses to gamble

Barnsley's Ryan McLaughlin (left)
Barnsley's Ryan McLaughlin (left)
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Barnsley boss Danny Wilson knows nothing less than victory away to Middlesbrough tomorrow will be enough to avoid Championship relegation.

But Wilson has warned that his struggling side can’t be so “gung-ho” that they go the Riverside Stadium with a cavalier attitude which sees them get caught cold on their travels.

The Reds are four points adrift of safety with just two games remaining and Wilson knows his side must pick up three points to stand any chance of staying up.

“We could gamble, but we can’t go up there and be so gung-ho that we’re 2-0 down before we’ve drawn a breath,” admitted Wilson

“We’ve got to make sure that when the final throws of the game are being played out we’ve got a good chance of winning the game.

“That’s very important.

“We’ve got to be dogged and determined in the early stages of the game to keep us in it at the end. That’s how we’ll approach it.”

The Reds beat Boro, who are 10 places above them in the table, 3-2 at Oakwell earlier in the season.

And now is a good time to play the hosts who have lost their last two league outings.

“There’s only one game left for us – and that’s this one,” added Wilson.

“We can’t look beyond it at this time. We know what the scenario would be should we not win.

“But more importantly our destiny is in our own hands, so if we get the three points then we will take it to the last weekend.

“If we can take it to the last weekend I’ll be delighted with that. I think we’ll have a great chance of staying up if we need a win on the last day of the season.”

“Six points from two games will keep us up in my humble opinion,” Wilson continued.

“And I think we’ve capable of doing it. “I may be proved wrong, but I hope we get the six points and then find out.”

Wilson is expected to include Danny Rose in his match-day squad having recalled the striker from his loan spell with League Two club Bury. And midfielder Jim O’Brien, Kelvin Etuhu and Liverpool loan right-back Ryan McLaughlin could earn recalls this weekend having returned from injury.

“We’re going to give everybody the chance to throw their hat into the ring, but at this stage I’m quite optimistic we’ll have one or two to add to the squad,” revealed Wilson.

“But I’m hoping by the time we’re sat on that bus up to Middlesbrough, we’ll have a full compliment.”