Barnsley: New boss Danny relishes first game

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New Barnsley boss Danny Wilson believes he couldn’t start with a better game than a mouthwatering South Yorkshire derby away to Leeds United.

The Reds return to competitive action at Elland Road on Saturday with Wilson set for his first game in charge in his second spell at Oakwell.

And while Wilson has acknowledged the “tough” test which lies ahead, the 53-year-old is confident some fine-tuning of the Reds’ squad will be key to the relegation-strugglers clawing their way up the table and out of trouble.

“If I’m being quite honest, there’s not a great deal wrong,” stressed Wilson, who spent three successful seasons as a player with the club before a stint as player-manager, then full-time manager.

“They’ve been unfortunate at times, but there’s unfortunate and still not getting the results. We’ve got to change that mindset around.

“If you’ve seen the games this season they’ve been close. They’ve been very unlucky in games.

“The odd mistake they’ve made has cost them games. The odd chance they’ve not put away has cost them games, so we’ve to shift that mental approach sideways and make it more positive.

“I think you can throw a blanket over the bottom half of the table really and look at any team who has a lack of form in the next few months, well they could trade places quite easily.

“It’s a terrific challenge because we’ve got a lot of tough games coming up.

“And there’s no better game than a derby to get started. To win that one would be the stuff dreams are made of.”

Leading scorer Chris O’Grady is in line for a return this weekend having recovered from a calf injury, but midfielder Paddy McCourt is a major doubt with a hamstring injury.

Among Wilson’s first duties was the club’s FA Youth Cup tie with Newcastle at Oakwell but the young Reds lost the third round tie 2-1.