Look up not down, Shackell tells Reds team mates

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BARNSLEY skipper Jason Shackell has urged the club to give everything they’ve got in their last eight games of the season to avoid getting “dragged into something silly”.

The Reds have been hovering in mid-table in the Championship for most of the season.

And barring a drastic dip in form Mark Robins’ side have every chance of even breaking into the top half and achieving their highest Championship for five years.

“We’ve been mid-table for most of the season, but there’s still a lot to play for,” Shackell told The Star. “It would be fantastic if we could get into the top half this season, but like the gaffer’s said, it’s important we beat last year’s record of 54 points.

“And at the same time we’ve got to make sure we don’t get dragged into something silly because we’ve still got some tough games to go.

“We’ve got to play QPR, and then we’ve got sides like Sheffield United and Doncaster Rovers, who are going to be fighting for their lives.

“There’s a few good tests there for us, but we’re capable of getting 54 points and finishing high than last season.”

Shackell has been a mainstay of the Reds defence and has been a consistently strong performer, alongside Stephen Foster and then Hull loan defender Paul McShane, who was brought in as a replacement when Foster got injured.

And both Foster and McShane are tipped for a return this Saturday away to Crystal Palace having had time to recover from injuries.