Barnsley: We need to battle our way out of Hornets’ nest, says Tom Kennedy

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BARNSLEY defender Tom Kennedy is hoping the hit-and-miss Reds re-discover their fighting spirit away to Watford this afternoon.

A win at Vicarage Road against the Hornets could see the Oakwell outfit do their relegation survival hopes the world of good.

Three points could claw the club out of the relegation zone for the first time in over five months.

“It’s a massive challenge for us, it’s never an easy game [against Watford],” admitted Kennedy.

“They’ve been hit-and-miss recently, but if you underestimate them then you can get punished.

“But for us it’s a case of getting back to what we do well and giving it [the match] a really good go.

“If we turn up and fight for our lives, then I thoroughly believe we can turn over any team in this league.

“There’s 12 games still to go, so it’s [the league] still open and all to play for.

“I don’t think it’s between four teams [to avoid relegation], someone is still going to get dragged in.

“Blackpool and Doncaster [Rovers] are not 100 per cent clear [of the drop-zone], there’s always someone who has a stutter at this stage in the season.

“Maybe one of those two might get dragged back in – or even Birmingham [City].

“It only takes two or three wins and things can change quickly, so we’ve just got to keep fighting and try and pick up as many points as we can.”

And Reds boss Danny Wilson is confident the club can claim what would be only the second away win all season.

The Reds last won away from home on 3 December with a 2-1 midweek win over Brighton and Hove Albion, but that was over three months ago.

“We’re very confident we can go there and get a good win,” said Wilson.

“They’ve got some very talented individuals in their team, but they are beatable.

“They’ve conceded goals and lost games in the Championship this season – and we’ve got to take a lot of confidence from that.”

“We’re going down there with the knowledge that it will be tough, but we’re never under any other illusions that it will be any different we go.

“You have to be very careful of being worried because being worried will affect your performances and your belief.

“The players are concerned because they know they have to start getting wins – and as quick as possible.

“But we can’t play with that fear. Once you do play with that [fear] you starting tightening up and you will have a problem.

“If we can win every other games from now until the end of the season, well we’ll have a very good chance of staying up.”