Barnsley boss Danny Wilson believes patience will be the key to unlocking in-form Notts County tonight.
The Reds host the Magpies at Oakwell looking to bounce back from Saturday’s 2-1 away defeat to Peterborough United.
And Wilson’s knows his side face a tough test against opponents who are riding high on an impressive nine-match unbeaten run.
“We have to be patient,” stressed Wilson. “It’s important we stick to our game-plan, but make sure we’re as offensively-minded in our attacking play as we were on Saturday, particularly in the first half
“They’ve [Notts County] have shown they are very resilient. They’re nine games unbeaten, so we know it’s going to be tough.
The Magpies, under the guidance of manager Shaun Derry, have won their last four matches and head to Oakwell full of confidence in sixth position in League One.
Wilson added: “They’re not overly expansive like some teams are, but they’re resilient in their defensive work and very well organised.
“They will be very difficult to break down and very difficult to beat, but from our point of view it’s about patience.”
Midfielder James Bailey is suspended, having been sent-off for two bookable offences against Posh, while winger Dale Jennings remains sidelined with an ankle injury.
And Wilson is adamant he won’t look too far ahead with two home games in the space of five days. Leaders Bristol City visit Oakwell on Saturday.
“We’ve focused only on the Notts County game right now, we need to get a good result,” said Wilson.
“We can’t look too far forward; we’ve just got to go out and give a really great performance against Notts County. Hopefully the result will follow that because the confidence is there and we’re getting more consistent.”
The Reds Under-18s play Carlisle United in the FA Youth Cup first round away on Tuesday November 4 (7pm).