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Danny on Blackburn Rovers

27 January 2014

Reds Manager Danny Wilson met with the press ahead of his side’s home match with Blackburn tomorrow.

Danny and his squad spent time together in Ireland, facing Dundalk in a friendly, which also allowed time for the new players to integrate into the squad.

“The Dundalk situation arose and they were fantastic, I have to say,” said Danny. “There were lots of aspects of the tour we wanted to take on board and one was to keep the players playing.

“Getting the lads together was a crucial part of it. We emphasised that these are the boys who are going to take us through to the end of the season.

“We wanted to keep the momentum and not having to start again from scratch.

“They haven't started their season yet, Dundalk, but last season they had a fantastic season and finished really strong.

“We played a few of the first team lads who have played most games for the last thirty minutes. “

Two players who didn’t feature in the friendly were Ryan McLaughlin and Jim O’Brien, who have concerns with their hamstring and groin, respectively, with Danny also looking to add to his squad before the end of the transfer window.

“We've got one or two little niggles,” continued Danny. “Jim O'Brien’s struggling with his groins so he didn't play. Ryan McLaughlin has a tight hamstring and Marcus Pedersen and Bobby Hassell are still out.

“We are still looking (at bringing players in), yes. We've got to exhaust all options. The more security we can have in certain positions will be better for us for the run in to the end of the season. The fact that the emergency window opens a week after the transfer window shuts gives you an opportunity.

“There's nothing happening at the moment. A change was important. Whether anybody else goes now, I really don't know. There's nothing urgent but if one or two leave it might give us a bit of scope.” 

The Barnsley boss is also hopeful of securing back-to-back home wins for the first time all season as Blackburn visit Oakwell tomorrow.

“The performances have been good at home. You can't sit back and say we were unlucky here or there. We had to change the ethos. When you look at the table it's pretty close. Anybody who writes anybody off is foolish.

“We thought we played very well against Blackpool for large parts of the game.

“With one or two victories, it changes dramatically. We've been there all season and we know all the facts in front of us. Sometimes the teams that fall into it don't understand the situation. 

“Ten home games - if you can win those you're fairly secure. You'd think you'd be not far away. We want more of it and more performances.”

Tuesday night’s visitors Blackburn sit just three points off the play-off positions, as Danny continued, “I watched them on Saturday and they are a very good side. There're areas where we feel we can utilise our attacking options. But if they have time on the ball they can hurt you.

“However, we have a good group of players who have every confidence in facing the challenge in front of them.”

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