Barnsley: Reds must tame the Tigers to stay alive

Barnsley's Jim O'Brien and David Perkins at the Crucible. Pic: ''Steven Paston''keep.
Barnsley's Jim O'Brien and David Perkins at the Crucible. Pic: ''Steven Paston''keep.
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Barnsley boss David Flitcroft has told The Star that his relegation-threatened side must take something from tomorrow’s home clash with Hull City to keep their Championship survival hopes.

“We need something of the game, we must get something,” said Flitcroft. “It keeps us believing. We’ve been fighting from day one. We could have given up before now, but we’re not going to do that. It’s been an adventure and I’ve been very proud of the players for what we’ve achieved so far.

“We’ve been together on this journey and we will fight right until the end.

“Look at Bristol City. They’re a club with a budget which has been three times more than ours. That’s a group of players that have given up, which is a shame.

“But I’m delighted with this group of players how they’ve battled for me.

“It’s players who have been fighting for the cause. We all want to stay in this division.”

The Reds are second from bottom with two games remaining to maintain their seven-season stay in the second tier. Victory over the Tigers at Oakwell would be a massive result for Flitcroft’s side as they try to avoid the drop.

Three points could see the Reds haul themselves out of the bottom three with Huddersfield away in their last match of the season next weekend.

Hull will definitely secure automatic promotion with a victory, although a point might be enough to see the club’s return to the Premier League. However, Steve Bruce’s side have not won in their last two matches and were held to a goalless home draw by relegated Bristol City last Friday night.

“It was an edgy performance,” said Flitcroft. “But you can understand it because there’s pressure on them to perform.

“But in Steve Bruce they’ve got the best man in the Championship to get them over the line. But we’ve proven we’re fighting for our lives and we’ll be looking to get the result we want on Saturday.”

The Reds beat the Tigers in the FA Cup earlier this season, but lost in the league at the KC Stadium.

And for this weekend’s match Flitcroft has been boosted by the return of added defensive cover. Centre-backs Rob Edwards (thigh) and Jimmy McNulty (ankle) are both in contention to feature this weekend, while midfielder Kelvin Etuhu (hamstring) has also recovered from injury.

Stoke City loan defender Rory Delap faces a late fitness test to see if he will play any part against the Tigers.

Rowing reveals finance situation

Reds director Don Rowing has revealed the club would lose in the region of £3million if they don’t play their football in the Championship next season.

Championship clubs get £2.3million in solidarity payments next season, but in League One it will only by £360,000. But the Reds will also lose television money and profit from gate receipts, taking their total loss to around the £3million mark according to Rowing. “We would lose a lot of money, it would be a big hole to fill,” Rowing told The Star.

“We’d lose around £3million, so some very big decisions would have to be made about out future.”