Barnsley: Reds boss still upbeat over chances

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BARNSLEY boss Danny Wilson is adamant the club still has a “great chance” of avoiding relegation this season.

But that means bouncing back from back-to-back defeats when they face Bournemouth at Oakwell on Saturday.

Preferred centre-backs Martin Cranie and Peter Ramage might be missing with injury, but Wilson is happy to put his faith in the squad he currently has at his disposal as the battle to avoid the drop

intensifies with just 11 fixtures remaining.

“I think we have the quality to avoid relegation,” stressed Wilson.

“We’ve got 11 games to go. We’ve got a great chance still and our home games will be paramount.

“If I didn’t believe it then I might as well pack up and go home now, but I’m not that sort of person.

“It’s a very tight league and the inconsistencies are there, but that’s what we need to make sure we’re better at.

Successive 3-0 losses to league leaders Leicester City and at Watford last weekend, have seen the Reds sink back to the bottom of the table.

Their plight wasn’t helped by Charlton’s stoppage time win over Bournemouth on Tuesday which took them to fourth-from bottom, three points above the Reds from two games fewer.

And Wilson has stressed he’s unlikely to dip into the loan market to strengthen his squad, even though he could do if required having ended Brek Shea’s loan spell from Stoke City earlier than originally expected.

“We have to make the best of what we’ve got,” said Wilson. “It’s an opportunity to other players to knuckle down and show what they can do.

“We have to trust and believe in them that they’ll do a job for us. And the more confidence we can give them, well the better performances we’ll get from them.

“We’ve got a squad of players who need to be utilised – and they will be utilised. We’ll try and get a winning formula from it (the changes).

“Quite honestly I’m not looking at bringing anyone in because I believe this group of players is good enough to keep us up. That faith will be put in them.

“Those players have got to rise to the challenge of keeping us up. “We’ve got to look forward to Saturday and hopefully we can get three


“We need one or two good results under our belt, starting against Bournemouth.”