Barnsley manager Danny Wilson has hailed Marcus Pedersen’s contribution in their recent revival, claiming the forward is bringing the best out of his strike partner Chris O’Grady.
Although the Norwegian player has not found the back of the net in the last three matches, he has played a part in the Reds securing back-to-back away victories at Reading and Yeovil Town.
As long as Pedersen shakes off an injury, believed to be hamstring related, that he sustained in the 4-1 triumph at Huish Park, he is set to keep his place in the side for tomorrow’s home encounter with play-off chasing Brighton and Hove Albion. Wilson plans to check on Pedersen’s fitness later today and is keeping his fingers crossed that he will be available for selection.
Wilson said: “I’ve hardly seen the boy [Pedersen] but he has been exceptional in the games he has started in recent weeks and given a real tempo to our game.
“I think he has inspired and kicked on Chris [O’Grady] too. From the front, the boys have set the tempo for the rest of the team. It will be a shame if he [Pedersen] doesn’t make it but then again it is up to somebody else who comes in to really carry that baton on.”
Wilson has no new injury concerns ahead of their meeting with ninth-placed Brighton, who are three points adrift of the top six. Jack Hunt has resumed first-team training and Martin Cranie is running again following a hamstring problem but this fixture may come too soon for the defenders.
Brighton welcome back Scotland international Craig Mackail-Smith, who has recovered from an Achilles issue which has sidelined him for more than a year. He is in contention for the trip to Oakwell, having notched a double in Albion’s Under-21 side 2-2 draw with Charlton earlier this week.
Assistant boss Nathan Jones said: “I am sure he will be full of adrenaline and desire and we are hopeful he will be an important player for us towards the end of the season.”