Duo can help Barnsley dodge the drop

Barnsley's Nick Proschwitz .
Barnsley's Nick Proschwitz .
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Barnsley boss Danny Wilson believes strike duo Nick Proschwitz and Chris O’Grady could be the club’s “salvation.”

Both centre forwards netted in Tuesday’s draw with Blackburn Rovers. And four points from their last two home fixtures gives Wilson optimism that Oakwell form could be key to avoiding relegation.

“We’ve got two strikers in Nick and Chris who are capable of scoring goals all the time – and that could be our salvation” said Wilson. You saw exactly what Nick is about [against Blackburn]. He gets into the box all the time. Nick doesn’t need a second opportunity to score, he’ll just pull the trigger.

“He gets into good areas in the box, so that’s what we’ve got to understand now as a team. Then we’ll see what happens. I’m happy with a point because we fought back well against a quality side like Blackburn.”

A point against Rovers, who hammered the Reds 5-2 earlier in the season, was enough for Wilson’s side to climb off the foot of the table.

Psychologically, having been rooted their since October, that move could prove to be a massive boost.

“It is a tough job, but it’s not just ourselves,” offered Wilson. “We’re not cut adrift where we’re having to win four or five games to get back into the pack. It’s only a couple of wins at most that will get us back in there and, if one or two results go for us, then we can make a lot of progress.

“It’s such a tough league that results will change from week to week, but it’s about what we do.”

And with the Sheffield Wednesday derby to look forward to, Wilson knows the task for his improving side doesn’t get any easier.

Midfielder Jacob Mellis is a doubt (ankle) while Liverpool loan right-back Ryan McLaughlin is nursing a glute injury.

Defender Bobby Hassell is out (calf) while striker Marcus Pedersen and midfielder Kelvin Etuhu both have hamstring injuries.

Wilson, who has signed four ew players since his return to Oakwell, is keen to add to his squad before the transfer window shuts tomorrow.