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Wilson - The Perfect Game

17 April 2014

Club News

Wilson - The Perfect Game

17 April 2014

Reds Manager Danny Wilson says there's no better game to be played at Oakwell this Easter Weekend as Leeds United come to South Yorkshire.

Off the back of a 2-1 win over Charlton on Tuesday, Wilson is hoping his side can carry on that momentum into the Yorkshire derby.

"That's what it's about, momentum," said Wilson. "Prior to the game we were quite calm. We didn't harp on about how important the game was. They (players) were well aware and didn't need me to go all over it again.

"As I said before we played Charlton, it was a blow after Bolton because we played well and didn't get anything from the game. We followed it up with another performance. It was important we got a win quickly. 

"We've had some good performances in recent months and that's what you're looking for - progression. But you've still got to turn your performances into points."

The Whites visit Oakwell currently 16th in the league on 50 points, "I don't know if we could ask for a better one (match)," added Wilson. "It's not just a fixture for where we are in the table, it's a derby as well for the bragging rights and pride.

"Our record (against Leeds) counts for nothing this weekend. It's a record and that's as far as it goes. We can't use it for any yardage  over the 90 minutes.

"They'll be out to prove a lot. Knowing Brian like I do, he will be fully respectful of us. They aren't in relegation trouble and can't make the play-offs so it can be dangerous when you're playing a relaxed team.

"They'll be wanting to get a run going and stabilise their situation."

As far as team news is concerned, Wilson is unsure whether Kelvin Etuhu (ankle) and Jack Hunt (hamstring) will make it back into the squad.

"They've not trained," said Wilson of Etuhu and Hunt. "They'll be assessed again tomorrow. The lads and recovery is important. We've done a lot of preparation in different ways. We'll wait and see when we take them out tomorrow.

"Jim (O'Brien) came down with us to Charlton, he told me he was fit before the game but that's the type of character he is. He's not fit yet."

The Barnsley boss has called for his players to remain calm, whilst maintaining that competitive and creative edge.

"The one thing that's pleased me with the players is that we are just looking at the next game," added Wilson.

"We've a lot of experienced players in there. The most important game is he one in front of us. 

"You saw the other night when we played you have to have an enormous amount of grit and creativity as well.

"That moment of quality might be the difference.

"The way the fans supported us. They have been fantastic. 

"We've gone about business correctly and properly. As a group there's an arm around all of them. I think here's areas where we encourage them to do certain things. 

"They all know what's required. What they're giving us is real grit and determination.

"We have to make sure we are ultra competitive but calm when it comes to taking our chances."

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