Barnsley: Reds urged to focus on survival mission

Barnsley defender Lewin Nyatanga challenges David Nugent for the ball.
Barnsley defender Lewin Nyatanga challenges David Nugent for the ball.
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Lewin Nyatanga has stressed struggling Barnsley can’t afford to worry about anybody else other than themselves – otherwise they will get relegated.

The experienced defender, back in the team after a season blighted by injuries, is adamant the Reds must adopt a ‘win at all costs mentality’ if they are going to beat the drop.

And that means making Oakwell a winning fortress for their remaining five home games of the campaign.

The Reds welcome Bournemouth to Oakwell this Saturday looking to bounce back from successive losses to Leicester City and Watford last week.

“If we win our home games then we’ll be fine, so we have to concentrate on that,” said Nyatanga.

“You can look at results going your way, which is nice because we haven’t been cut adrift at the bottom, but essentially how many weeks can you keep doing that?

“The season will ultimately finish and we’ll be in the bottom three and have been relegated so we can’t keep looking at other results. We need to start winning and forget about what everyone else is doing.”

Reds boss Danny Wilson, meanwhile, says axing assistant manager Micky Mellon and goalkeeping coach Ian Willcock on Wednesday was “one of the toughest decisions” he’s had to make.

Wilson, who may bring in close friend Frank Barlow, said: “It had nothing to do with their input or anything like that; it’s about synergy. They did nothing wrong.”