Barnsley: Resilient Reds aim to ease drop fears

Barnsley manager Danny Wilson.
Barnsley manager Danny Wilson.
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Barnsley boss Danny Wilson is confident the battling qualities his side showed in his first game back at the club will stand them in good stead for their battle to avoid relegation.

A battling point away to Leeds United in a fiery Yorkshire derby clash at the weekend has given the Reds a welcome confidence-boost going into a crunch home Boxing Day clash with Bolton Wanderers.

And Wilson, back in his second spell at Oakwell, knows another resilient display could see the Reds pull themselves within a whisker of getting out of the bottom three.

“Being bottom of the league you are going to have those [resilient] characteristics in abundance if you want to climb away from the bottom of the table,” stressed Wilson. “They [the players] have shown already that they have got it in them, the fight in them, which is half the battle.

“With the quality we have in the squad as well, let’s hope we can turn those good performances into wins.

“Being back has been great, everyone’s been fantastic. For all the pats on the back, the welcome you get, there’s still a big job to be done. The sooner we get on with that the better.”

Wilson will be without Marcus Tudgay for the visit of the Trotters, with the Nottingham Forest loan striker suspended for three matches after his unwanted red card against Leeds.

The former Sheffield Wednesday marksman was sent off six minutes from time for a careless two-footed lunge and will now play no more games for the Reds.

Tudgay is also ineligible for the club’s FA Cup clash at home to Coventry City on Saturday January 4, but Wilson revealed he will be having talks with the player about possibly extending his loan deal.

However, midfielder Jacob Mellis is absent for the Reds’ next match, suspended for one match having collected five yellow cards.

But Wilson stressed: “It’s not just the 11 that start which is the catalyst for us getting away from trouble, it’s the full squad.”