Danny Wilson, the Barnsley manager, is relishing the prospect of returning to his hometown club tonight.
The Reds, second-from-bottom in the Championship, head to Wigan Athletic aiming to secure only their second away win of the 2013/14 season.
Fresh from a 2-2 draw at relegation rivals Doncaster Rovers, Wilson sees no reason why his battling team can’t get a positive result at the reigning FA Cup holders.
Wilson, who began his playing career at Wigan, said: “It would be fantastic to win at my hometown club. It will be terrific going back. All the family will be going to watch the game.”
The Latics continued their defence of the FA Cup, claiming a 2-1 victory at Cardiff City last weekend to set-up a quarter-final meeting with Manchester City.
Uwe Rosler’s side, relegated from the top flight last season, are seven points shy of the play-off placings but have games in hand following their cup exploits. Wilson has tipped his old club to force their way into the top six.
“We are going to a team who are expected to be back in the Premier League either this year or certainly next season,” said Wilson. “They will certainly be in the play-offs this year so it will be another hard game for us.
“If we can apply ourselves like we did at Rovers and show the same effort and attitude, we can cause them problems.”
Wilson is backing new recruit Emmanuel Frimpong to keep on improving after the midfielder delivered an assured display at the Keepmoat Stadium.
He said: “He was terrific. We saw at Rovers what type of player we’ve got and how we can enhance him. As he goes along, I’m sure he will get better and better.”
Jacob Mellis sits out the final game of his three-match ban this evening.