Danny points to a close finish

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Danny Wilson has stressed his Barnsley side won’t be able to turn down a point for the remainder of the season – because one of those points could secure them Championship safety.

The Reds stayed up last season only on the last day of a gruelling campaign.

And Wilson, back at Oakwell for a second managerial spell, knows clean sheets and quite a few more goals could go a long way to helping the club survive.

“There’s a long way to go, but we know that a couple of wins could get us out of the relegation zone – and that’s what we’re aiming for,” Wilson told The Star.

“It’s nothing that we can’t achieve, but we know it’s going to be hard because this division is just so tight.

“It went to the last game last season – and it could go to the last game this season.

“Our first priority is to tighten up, keep some cleansheets and starting scoring some more goals.

“Every point you gain is precious, so I don’t think we can turn a point down [in matches] because that could make a big difference at the end of the season.”

And Wilson believes getting out of the relegation zone – the club have been there for over four months – would be a “massive boost” for his players and the club’s “fantastic” supporters.

Wilson, chasing a new striker and a new defender now the transfer window has reopened, added: “The players are battle weary and need a lift – and so do the fans.

“The fans have been great with me since I returned to the club, but we’ve got to prove ourselves again.

“What we achieved [in winning Premier League promotion in 1997] was great, but we can’t rest on that success.

“There will always be great memories of that time at the club and no-one will take them away from us, but that’s what they are, only memories.”