Barnsley boss David Flitcroft has called for one final push from players and supporters alike to secure Championship survival.
The side faces Huddersfield Town on Saturday in a match they must not lose to stand any chance of avoiding relegation. And the stakes couldn’t be much higher for either side with the Terriers, now managed by former Reds’ boss Mark Robins, also needing a point to stay up.
A Reds’ defeat would end their seven-season stay in the Championship, but a draw or victory could be enough to escape. Other results are also likely to have a big bearing on who goes down in the 46th fixture of a gripping league season.
The Terriers, Peterborough, Millwall and Sheffield Wednesday are all in the relegation mix at what promises to be frantic finish to arguably the most-closely contest season in the English seconds tier.
“I’m really proud of how we’ve galvanized a club and a town,” said Flitcroft. “This was a club that was disillusioned, but we’ve done a lot of work to sort out those problems. We’ve tried to unite a club and now we’ve got a great chance of staying up on the last day of the season. We’ve been together in this fight. The players have given me everything. Considering where we were at Christmas it’s a great achievement to be in with a fighting chance of staying up.”
Flitcroft welcomes back Stephen Dawson from suspension in time for the Reds’ visit first visit to the John Smith’s Stadium for seven years.
The last time the Reds took on the Terriers away was in the League One Play-off finals when they prevailed 3-2 on aggregate to win promotion to the Championship. It would be ironic if it the Reds were to get sunk on the last day of the domestic season, especially a team managed by their former boss. But it would also be fitting if the Reds survived after a herculean effort trying to survive.