Barnsley: Reds told to throw caution to the wind against Spireites

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Reds skipper Martin Cranie has called for the club to throw caution to the wind to keep their play-off hopes on track.

Cranie believes anything less than a victory today at home to Chesterfield will end the Reds’ play-offs hopes.

And that’s why the experienced centre-back has called for the club to shake things up a little with maximum points the only objective.

“There’s no point us being cautious,” Cranie told The Star. ‘We might as well throw caution to the wind to make sure we get the win we want.

“We have to win the game, it’s as simple as that. Nothing else is good enough.

“If we lose then that’s it really, I can’t see us getting in the play-offs. We’ve got to keep believing and try and show no fear. In some ways that might help because we know what’s required of us.”

Victory for the Reds over the Spireites, who are sixth in the table, would see them cut the gap between the two clubs to just four points with four games remaining.

And despite disappointing defeats to Sheffield United and Colchester in their last two games, Reds boss Lee Johnson is far from down about the future.

“We’re getting towards the consistency we want, but it will take time,” admitted Johnson, who was nominated for the League One Manager of the Month award for March having guided the club to an impressive nine-game unbeaten run.

“I don’t want to gloss over things because we’ve had two disappointing results, but we’ve been on a very good run.

“A lot of good players want to join us; we’re a big club for the division.

“We half got sucked into the dream of the play-offs – and rightly so after the run we’ve been on but it’s my job to keep selling that dream and I want us to finish strongly.

“Of course we can still do it and we’ll never give up because a couple more wins could change things again.

“We’ll have a right go next season, but I’ve told the players let’s not forget about this season.”