Barnsley manager Danny Wilson believes his side have a great ‘”incentive” to win tonight’s FA Cup second round replay with Conference side Chester.
The Reds have not won in their last five matches and were held to a frustrating goalless draw by the minnows last weekend.
But Wilson is adamant a victory could get the Reds back on track with a busy festive period in front of them.
“We’ve got a great incentive to win on Tuesday night because it would be a tie against Middlesbrough in the next round,” said Wilson. “If we didn’t have an incentive to win on Tuesday, then it might be more difficult to pick the players up. As professionals we’ve got to make sure we bounce back.”
A 3-1 away defeat to Walsall at the Bescot Stadium on Saturday and a growing injury list has hardly helped Wilson’s job going forward.
But victory over Chester, having last won a match over a month ago, would certainly boost confidence amongst the Oakwell ranks. And, of course, give the club’s loyal supporters something to shout about.
“The fans want to look forward to something going into the New Year, so there’s nothing better than getting to the next round of the FA Cup,” stressed Wilson.
“The match is going to be a stepping stone to getting back on the horse again, so to speak.
“Some of the younger players will find the experience [of losing to Walsall] beneficial in the long run, but we’ve got strengthen up and be tougher mentally.
“We have certainly got to perform on Tuesday night because it’s far from a forgone conclusion that we’re going to get through.”
The Reds will definitely be without star striker Sam Winnall, still sidelined with a hamstring injury, while Peter Ramage, Joe Dudgeon, James Bailey, Lewin Nyatanga and Jean-Yves M’voto are all currently on the treatment table.