Barnsley: Reds urged to be more ruthless

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Reds boss boss Danny Wilson has called for his side to rediscover their ruthless streak.

The Reds have impressed in spells since Wilson returned for a second managerial spell at Oakwell.

But despite creating good chances they have drawn with Leeds United and lost 1-0 at home to Bolton Wanderers on Boxing Day.

And next up the Reds face a unenviable home showdown with high-fliers Derby County tomorrow afternoon afternoon.

“It’s the perfect game if we win,” joked Wilson. “But Derby are a team full of confidence.

“It’s going to be a tough challenge for us, but if we can apply ourselves again and create the chances we did against Bolton, then I’ll be happy.

“But we’ve just got to start taking those opportunities. We’re not taking a percentage of chances.”

Many pundits have already condemned the Reds to relegation this season after an eight-year stay in the English second tier. But Wilson is happy with his side being underdogs for the rest of the campaign and is confident that could work to their advantage.

“I hope it stays [from the outside looking in] that we’ve got no chance,” admitted Wilson. “There’s no pressure on us. I don’t think there’s any pressure on us at all. Noboby is giving us a cat in hell’s chance [of getting out of trouble], so let’s use that as a positive.

“If we can turn that into something that forms some sort of confidence in us that we can going anywhere and play with freedom, well I don’t mind that. That’s great.

“But there’s always somebody in the league that start to have a little bit of a nosedive. It always happens.

“It might be two or three teams who just can’t get a result, so we’ve got to make sure we get a few points to catch them up.”

Defender Lewin Nyatanga is line for a recall having sat out the defeat to the Trotters with a calf injury.