Barnsley: Reds director desperate to beat drop

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Barnsley director Don Rowing has told The Star he would be “devastated” if the club were relegated from the Championship.

That could happen on Saturday if the Reds lose to Hull City at Oakwell. Their opponents are able to secure promotion to the Premier League if they win.

But Rowing is remaining positive with only two league fixtures remaining.

“We’ve got to stay positive,” stressed Rowing. “We can still do it, but I think defeat to Hull would make it virtually impossible to avoid going down.

“But we’ve been in this position before and managed to get out of jail, even when it to the last game of the season.

“Unfortunately now we’re paying for our bad results up to Christmas, but our form since then has been brilliant. It would have been good enough for a play-off position.

“We’ve done remarkably well to give us a fighting chance of staying up with two games left.

“We can’t think about relegation, that’s something we’d have to deal with it if it happened.

“Personally I’d be devastated if we got relegated, but while there’s hope we’ll keep fighting.”

A bumper crowd, potentially the biggest of the season, is expected at Oakwell, with the Tigers having sold over 5,500 tickets for the match as they plan to celebrate promotion.

But the Reds have the chance to spoil the party and keep their survival hopes alive.