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Wilson on Brighton

4 April 2014

Reds Manager Danny Wilson met with the press ahead of the first of back-to-back home matches this weekend.

Brighton are the visitors to Oakwell on Saturday, before Burnley arrive in South Yorkshire on Tuesday, and Danny said of the Seagulls “They’ve got good players there and if you don’t put them under pressure they can hurt you.

“We’ve watched Brighton in recent days and they’re one of the best footballing sides in the division.

“We really have been putting our own house in order. The last two games have given us a great belief and the fans a great belief which is very important.

“Confidence-wise we can be lifted by that, but work ethic has got to come in abundance again. 

“It’s great when you get wins on the road but you want to compound it with home form.”

Peter Ramage and Jim O’Brien remain the only definite absentees, whilst Marcus Pedersen struggles to overcome a hamstring injury.

“We’ll look at him late on Friday,” said Wilson. “Fingers crossed again as usual, but we can’t give a 100% decision at this stage. We’ll know better on Friday for the weekend. We don’t really know one way or another.

“I’ve hardly seen the boy (Marcus) but the two games he’s started in recent times he’s been exceptional. He’s given us a real tempo to our game. He’s inspired and kicked on Chris O’Grady as well. From the front the boys have been terrific. It’s a shame if he doesn’t make it, but then it’s up to somebody to come in and carry that baton on.

“We’ve come through it (last two games) okay, we’ve the same long-term problems. We’ve had Jack Hunt training and Ryan (McLaughlin) training. That’s about it.

“Martin Cranie is back running. He’s not back in the fold yet. It’s a real bonus for us. Thankfully the tear in his hamstring wasn’t as bad as first feared.”

The Barnsley boss is hopeful the home crowd will once again spur his side on to the points. “The fans will be really up for it again,” added Wilson. “They’ve seen what they can do, helping-wise. When they’re really at their most vociferous, we’ll need it on Saturday. It’s only little things when players get a tackle in or pressing, when we’re at full tempo it’s a big lift for the team.

“Performances are sometimes not always reflected in the score-line, but the last few games they’ve gone hand in hand. If we can work as hard as we have done and press the game like we have done, you earn that bit of luck. You don’t just get luck, you have to earn it.”


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