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STEPHEN Dawson believes Barnsley have a “great belief” they can stay up.

The Reds are two points above the relegation zone with nine games remaining.

And David Flitcroft’s side, who have been boosted by fine wins over Brighton and Watford in their last two matches, also have a game in hand on the bottom three clubs, Peterborough, Wolves and Bristol City.

“Our form has been sensational,” said Dawson. “There’s a great spirit in the camp. “You only have to look at the last two games to realise how well we’re playing. We know that if we play to a high tempo we can beat anybody in this league.

“But we’re not getting carried away though even the boys have been fantastic.”

Former Leyton Orient skipper Dawson has just returned from a two-month ankle ligament injury lay-off and has not started a game since limping off at Ipswich Town on Saturday 19 January.

But the popular Dubliner has trained with the first team squad for the past fortnight and is back in contention for a squad recall for next Saturday’s South Yorkshire derby clash with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

“My injury was worse than we first thought and it looked like I was going to be out longer than the early diagnosis of eight weeks,” admitted Dawson.

“But thankfully I’ve responded well to the treatment I’ve had and I’ve been training with the lads and the Under-21 squad to get myself right.

“I’ve had two weeks of full training and been doing some extra work as well, so hopefully I can get back in the team as quickly as possible.

“But if I don’t get back in straight away then I understand because the lads have been doing fantastic.”