Oakwell boss in position of strength

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BARNSLEY boss Mark Robins looks like he will have a full-strength side at his disposal for tomorrow’s home clash with Ipswich Town.

The Reds have an excellent opportunity to register an Championship double over the Tractor Boys this weekend, having beaten them 3-1 in the reverse fixture back in November.

Goals from Goran Lovre and Garry O’Connor, as well as an own goal from Marton Fulop, secured Robins’ side three deserved points at Portman Road.

And having been thumped 4-1 away to Leicester City last Saturday, it’s little surprise Robins and his ambitious team are looking to bounce back and prevent their visitors from leapfrogging them in the table.

The Reds are 13th and the Tractor Boys just a place below, but Paul Jewell’s team would have to win by a landslide if they are going to rise above their hosts in the table. Robins’ men have a much better goal difference, but the Oakwell boss wants his team to avoid back to back defeats.

“It’s another tough game for us, but we played really well when we played Ipswich earlier in the season. It was a good performance at Portman Road,” Robins told The Star.

“We’ve got 16 games left this season and I really want us to kick on and have a real go at teams.”

Experienced centre-back Stephen Foster is expected to return alongside club skipper Jason Shackell, with makeshift centre-back Bobby Hassell moving to his preferred right-back position.

That should mean that Manchester City loan defender/midfielder Kieran Trippier - who featured as a second-half substitute for England Under-21s in their 1-0 loss to Italy U-21s in Empoli on Tuesday night - will move from right-back to the right wing.

Only long-term absentees Jay McEveley and Luke Potter will be missing for the Reds, both still recovering from medial knee ligament injuries.

“Jay’s two or three weeks away now from coming back, but he’s doing well with his recovery,” added Robins.