Robins has that ‘sinking’ feeling

Derby relish: Mark Robins
Derby relish: Mark Robins
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BARNSLEY boss Mark Robins is expecting a raucous atmosphere in tomorrow’s South Yorkshire derby showdown with Sheffield United.

The Reds take on the Blades at Bramall Lane with their hosts needing to win to stand any chance of retaining their Championship status.

And Robins expects Micky Adam’s struggling side to “throw everything at us but the kitchen sink” as they look to avoid the dreaded drop.

“They’ve got to win and they’ll want to win my a lot of goals; it should be an exciting game,” Robins told The Star.

“Good luck to them if they do, but be we’re just concentrating on us and will be fully focused for the match.

“We’ve got to be ready for everything they do throw at us, we’ll need to be strong.

“There are a lot of good players at Sheffield United and historically they’ve always been a strong club.

“It’s a great game to look forward too, it’s a special game for everyone, especially the fans.

“There’s always local bragging rights, the fans want a good game and want to be able to have a good bit of banter about the match.”

If the Blades lose their relegation to League One will be confirmed.

But whatever happens, Robins is expecting a “boisterous” atmosphere in the Blades’ own backyard.

“I’m sure it’s going to be a decent atmosphere; derby games always are,” he added.

“The pressure it not on us, but we need to get three points to take us to 55.

“We’re looking to beat what we did last season.

“I think Mick [Micky Adams] has changed some of his personnel.

“It’s going to be a boisterous atmosphere.”

Robins only has one injury concern ahead of his side’s penultimate fixture of the season with Blackpool loan striker Marlon Harewood struggling with a hamstring strain.

Harewood is back at Bloomfield Road having treatment for his injury and Robins will discover today whether the four-goal hitman will be ready in time.

“Marlon’s not okay,” admitted Robins.

“If he’s not fit on Friday then we can count him out.”