Danny Wilson knows three points in tomorrow’s Yorkshire derby clash with Leeds United would put “enormous” pressure on the teams locked in a relegation dogfight with them.
Victory over their arch-rivals at Oakwell – in their penultimate home game of the season – could see the Reds claw out of the Championship bottom three for the first time in over six months.
“This is a massive game for us – and Leeds,” said Reds chief Wilson. “I don’t think we could ask for a better one.
“There’s a lot of pride at stake and bragging rights as well. It’s a great game to win.
“They’ll want to get a run going and to stabilize their situation, but I can only look at from our perspective.
“Should we win on Saturday it will put enormous pressure on the teams around us.”
And Wilson, who has a few injury headaches to contend with, expects this season’s battle for survival to go right to the wire with just four games remaining.
“I’d love for us to sort our own fate before the end of the season, but it’s unlikely that’s going to happen,” admitted Wilson.
“But if I’m honest we always thought it would go to the last weekend and it’s looking like it’s going to be that way.
“I think it’s three [teams] from seven [who are going to go down]. With the fixture lists as they are, well there are a lot of tough games for everyone.”
Midfielder Kelvin Etuhu, defender Jack Hunt and Norway international Marcus Pedersen are doubts for the derby while Lewin Nyatanga and Peter Ramage remain sidelined.