Give fans some festive cheer, Wilson urges Barnsley squad

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Barnsley boss Danny Wilson has called for his hit-and-miss side to give the club’s supporters some welcome festive cheer.

A 1-0 defeat to Preston North End at Deepdale on Boxing Day was tough to take as the Reds slipped to a third successive away loss.

But Wilson knows his team have the perfect opportunity to bounce back from the defeat at home to Oldham Athletic tonight.

The Reds are unbeaten in their last three outings at Oakwell and Wilson is understandably hungry to see his side build on that consistency at home while their away from remains a concern.

“My biggest complaint at times is our passing, we’re just very loose with our final ball,” admitted Wilson.

“Maybe it’s down to inexperience at times, but overall I won’t fault the players because their work ethic has been fantastic.

“We don’t expect an easy game against Oldham, it will be hard. They’re a surprise-package at the moment and doing well.

“We played them in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and had a tough game so we expect something similar.”

Manchester City loan striker Devante Cole (glute), skipper Martin Cranie (knee) and midfielder Keith Treacy (flu) are all doubts for tonoght.

Wilson added: “I don’t know whether any of them will be available.”

However, despite injuries goalkeeper Ross Turnbull is expected to return to the starting XI having served a one-match suspension for a red card against Leyton Orient.

Meanwhile, defender Lewin Nyatanga has admitted he’s frustrated that the Reds having blown hot and cold too often this season.

“We play three good games and then three not so good games,” said Nyatanga.

“We’ll play one good half and then one no so good half.

“It’s really frustrating, but I feel as though we just have to keep working.

“That’s an old cliché, but we do need to keep working at it because the obvious answer is not there yet.”