Triple blow hits Reds

Barnsley's Jim O'Brien celebrates at full time.
Barnsley's Jim O'Brien celebrates at full time.
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Barnsley’s woes increased alarmingly yesterday when injuries ruled out three of manager Danny Wilson’s first-team regulars.

The Reds were convincingly beaten 3-0 by Championship leaders Leicester on Tuesday night at Oakwell, leaving them second-from-bottom and still two points shy of safety.

However, with a tough trip to improving Watford beckoning on Saturday, wide-man Jim O’Brien has been ruled out for the remainder of the season and both central-defenders Peter Ramage and Martin Cranie won’t make the trip to Vicarage Road after limping out of the Foxes defeat.

On 25-year-old O’Brien, who wasn’t involved at all on Tuesday, Wilson revealed: “Jim went for an operation yesterday after suffering a cartilage tear. He’ll be unavailable for some time.

“We’ve been dealt some rough cards of late, but you just have to get on with it as best you can.”

Ramage and Cranie both limped out of Tuesday’s defeat early with hamstring injuries.

Wilson added: “We’ve just got to try and rise above the sympathy vote and go again.”

Wilson has admitted that his side were dealt a harsh lesson by Nigel Pearson’s Premier League-bound Foxes, lessons they will have to learn quickly with just 12 games to try and secure Championship survival once again.

Wilson added: “All of the goals on Tuesday were poor from our point of view. All three came straight down the heart of us, and that’s a concern.

“We have to understand where the goals came from and that they were poor from our perspective.

“It’s the way it goes. We’ve got to learn the lessons. It shouldn’t take anything from the games we’ve got coming up.

“We’ve already put Tuesday to bed. We’ll not cry too much over it. We ended up with three points from our last two games. Most people wouldn’t have expected us to get any.”