Reds boss Danny Wilson believes his side have given themselves a welcome “psychological boost” in their quest to avoid Championship relegation.
The Reds clinched a battling 2-1 away win over fellow-strugglers Charlton Athletic at the Valley on Tuesday night, a result which saw them claw within two points of safety with four games to play.
And with a tough Yorkshire derby clash with Leeds United at home on Saturday, it’s no wonder Wilson is delighted his side have given themselves – what he believes to be - a fighting chance of avoiding the drop.
“It’s [beating Charlton] a big psychological boost, that’s for sure,” said Wilson. “It gets us back together. We said before the game that we had five games left and that it wouldn’t be one game that gets us relegated, it will be the next four.
“But the win gives us the belief we can stay up. We’ve given ourselves a chance and given our fans the belief to escape, so to speak.
“It’s the result we needed to give us a chance [of staying up], that’s for sure. We’ll only find out whether we had to win that match at the end of the season. We’ll only know when you see how many points teams finish on and go down. But we’ve come off the back of a defeat [against Bolton Wanderers] at the weekend which we felt we didn’t deserve after playing so well.
“We thought if we could put a performance similar to that against Charlton we’d have a chance. I thought we did that.”
But Wilson has told his players not to rest on their laurels following the Reds fourth away triumph of the campaign.
“We won’t get carried away with the result because we’ve achieved nothing yet,” said Wilson. “But I was really pleased we came out with a real calmness about ourselves [against Charlton], especially when the atmosphere was like it was with all that was surrounding the game.
“There were a lot of different perceptions from people, the ifs and buts of what would happy depending on the result. The lads dealt with the pressure well. I thought we controlled the game for long periods and defended well when we needed to.”