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Wilson on Donny Derby

13 February 2014

Reds Manager Danny Wilson met with the press ahead of this weekend’s South Yorkshire derby at Doncaster Rovers.

Wilson revealed there ‘aren’t a great deal of injuries’ amongst his squad for the Keepmoat clash.

“We've got a little problem with Jack Hunt,” said Wilson.

“He took a nasty knock in a tackle at the weekend. But we are hoping he will be okay.

“Bobby (Hassell) has had a     recurrence of his calf injury. Since I've been here he's only been available for a couple of games which is unfortunate.

“What I've got in front of me is a very experienced player that can help us in certain situations and certain games.

“We thought he would be okay last weekend but he came out of training stiff. 

“Hopefully Ryan (McLaughlin) will start training towards the end of the week.”

Jacob Mellis sits out this weekend as the second match of a three-match ban, but fellow midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong returns from his suspension.

“He's a young lad and we don't want to take his enthusiasm away,” commented Wilson on Frimpong. “We'll nurture him and guide him. In fairness he offered it himself before I chatted to him.

“He's still learning his trade. At a big club like Arsenal it's very difficult to get first team football and so he came here where he’s hopeful of playing more regularly.”

The Barnsley boss is hopeful Saturday is the start of a run of games which sees a healthy return in points.

“We're in a position now where every point is being keenly contested,” continued Wilson. “Every point is very, very important. I think it (result) was overlooked a bit at the weekend because we were playing against a very good Ipswich team.

“Losing two goals was the story. The bigger picture was better from our perspective. The positive thing is we've pulled a point closer.

“Saturday is very important to the start of this period.

“We can always go back to ‘unlucky’ but we have been unlucky in that we haven't had more of a return of points from the performances we've given.”

The Reds have two games in hand on Rovers, but Saturday’s hosts are currently seven points ahead of Barnsley in the table.

“They're strong at home and have had some good results there,” added Wilson of Rovers. “But we've put in some good performances away from home and we will look to continue that. 

“They've tightened themselves up at the back. We know that they're a good side at the Keepmoat. We've got more confidence than people would think for the position we are in. 

“The onus is on the home team to come and beat us. If that's the case hopefully we can find some areas where we will go and attack them.

“I expect it to be a full-blown attacking game. It's how we approach the game. If we make things too easy for them, they'll punish us. We've not given a lot of chances away recently.

“It goes without saying. Any win at the moment will help us. The points at stake are so important for both clubs. Games are never easy no matter who they are against.”

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