Reds Manager Danny Wilson met with the media ahead of Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash at Huddersfield Town.
Starting with Jacob Mellis, who made his return from suspension against Millwall last week, Wilson said, “He’s fine, he’s okay. He’s trained all week and looking fitter and stronger. Missing two or three weeks of the season isn’t ideal at this stage. You lose a bit of match fitness but he came back and he’s trained well this week so we’re delighted with him.
“We’re fine. I think there’s a full bill of health. Just the long-term one of Bobby Hassell - apart from that we’re okay.
“The head ache is putting the right formula together, but I’d rather it be that than another.
“With Jack (Hunt) being fit and the quality of player he is, it was paramount we got him back.”
The Barnsley boss is targeting another clean sheet at Huddersfield, and for as many ‘shut-outs’ for the remainder of the season.
“The defensive work comes from the front lads," added Wilson. "They have to muck in like anybody else. But, ultimately, it’s the back five.
“The win, particularly with it being Millwall around us, has helped everybody’s spirits. Certainly there’s an extra spring in the players’ steps in training. The result’s worked wonders for us and I thought it would do.
“I don’t really worry about what other teams around us do. It’s about how we go into our games. If we go into games full of confidence like we did last week, we should be fine.”
Speaking of Saturday’s opposition, Huddersfield Town, Wilson continued, “They’ve had a very good season and I’m sure they’ve still got aspirations of the top six.
“They started like a house on fire.
“I still think there’s a lot of football left in them and they have a great chance to mount a challenge because the top teams get nervous.
“But, like every team in this division, they’re beatable.
“They’ve got some very good players. You can go through virtually all the team and they’ve got quality players. It’s up to us to keep them quiet but to ask a few questions of them.
“I’ve known Mark (Robins – Huddersfield Manager) for many, many years. He’s done a sterling job there and he’s turned them round. Knowing Mark, he’ll be very ambitious. I’m sure he’ll keep it to himself but he’ll want to get in the top six.
“We’re going there with ambition. We’re going there to win the game but we have to go there with a stubbornness about us.
“No matter what you put in front of us now will be a massive game for us. We’re looking forward to it.”