Sheffield Wednesday 'aren't magic' and are warned to expect a team of 'fighters' at Barnsley
Barnsley manager Gerhard Struber says his side’s visit of Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday is the perfect match as the Reds attempt to staver off the threat of the drop.
A derby day at Oakwell involving the Owls always brings with it a huge atmosphere and Struber believes the intensity if a local rivalry will bring out the best in his players and Barnsley’s supporters.
“I think it is a special game,” he said. “When we create a very good performance and win, it is good for the feeling of our self-confidence for the next big games.
“I am happy for this game, it is a big chance for us to show our fans what we can do. I think it is the right time to play against Sheffield. It is a big derby.
"For every single player, this game is a big motivation. We need to right mentality and to fight from the first second to the last. This is what our fans will see from us and it is our responsibility - that we give the fans a good fight. They pay a lot of money for their tickets and we have to fight in this game and in the end, we will see. I hope for a big fight and the right result for us.
"We need atmopshere to go into the game like fighters, so we give the opponents no time and space and no momentum. This is what we will do.”
Struber, while acknowledging Wednesday’s capabilities, says no one at Barnsley is afraid of the task at hand.
"I think it is a special game,” added the Austrian. “Sheffield is a big name with a big history and many people in the club tell me that this is a special game and special derby with many people from Sheffield coming.
"I hope that many people come to support my team as we need Barnsley fans here supporting us against a big opponent.
“It is a very difficult game for us, but Sheffield is a good team, but not a magic team.”