Barnsley: Sibling rivalry spurs on Reds ace

Stephen Dawson faces his younger brother Kevin this weekend.
Stephen Dawson faces his younger brother Kevin this weekend.
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Barnsley midfielder Stephen Dawson has an extra incentive to try and earn a starting place in tomorrow’s crunch Championship clash with

Yeovil Town.

If selected the Dubliner is highly-likely to come up against his younger brother Kevin, who is expected to start for the Glovers.

It would be the first time the pair have ever played against each other and Dawson, who is five years older than his sibling, expects it to be hard for the pair’s parents to watch.

The Dawsons and extended family will be out in force at Oakwell this weekend to watch the brothers in action.

And Stephen is ready to put family friendship aside with the Reds’ desperate for three points against their fellow strugglers.

“We’ve got a lot family coming over from Dublin to watch the match, so it’s a big occasion for the family,” revealed Dawson, speaking exclusively to The Star.

“But taking the family element aside and playing against Kevin, we desperately need to win – and that’s all I’ll be focusing on until after the final whistle.

“I’m looking forward to playing against Kevin, though. It’s the first time we’ll have played against each other [in a professional match], and I’m looking forward to it.

“I used to kick him up and down the street when we played football as kids, but I’m proud of what he’s achieved.

“He’s worked hard and earn his chance to play in the Championship – and he’ll want to perform on Saturday because Yeovil are desperate for the points as well. It’s a massive match for both clubs.

“I’m sure it will be hard for mum and dad to watch us both because they won’t want to take sides!”

The Reds are expected to welcome back leading scorer Chris O’Grady for this weekend’s home clash, the former Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United striker having recovered from a calf injury.

But goalkeeper Luke Steele (back) and young striker Danny Rose (ankle) are missing though injury.

Victory for the managerless Reds would see them leapfrog the third from bottom Glovers in the standings, but won’t however be enough to get them out of the relegation zone.

The club, though, are prepared to give caretaker boss Micky Mellon time to land the job on a permanent basis. The Scot guided the Reds to a much needed 2-1 away win over Brighton and Hove Albion last week, but then saw his side beaten 1-0 away to league leaders Burnley on Saturday.

But a victory over Glovers could boost Mellon’s chances of getting the manager’s job.

Dawson said: “We’ve had a good start with Micky so I don’t see any reason why he couldn’t do the job permantently.”