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Wilson on Sheffield Wednesday Clash

30 January 2014

Reds Manager Danny Wilson faced the press this afternoon ahead of his side's match against Sheffield Wednesday at Oakwell.

As well as the new signing Jack Hunt, the Barnsley boss might see the return of three other key players from injury, as Danny said, "We are hoping we have (Jacob) Mellis and (Marcus) Pedersen back and it looks like (Bobby) Hassell is back. We have an almost fully-fit squad.

"We've got a player (Jack Hunt) that's very hungry and chomping at the bit for the game at the weekend.
"We'll have a good luck at him, but he'll be in the squad. He's had a good training session today."

Wilson also confirmed two trialists in goalkeeper Iain Turner and winger Martin Woods are training with the Reds.

"If anything should happen to Luke (Steele), it's a bit much to ask of young (Christian) Dibble. Ian's been training with us for three weeks. We will be doing something in the near future in terms of offering him a deal.

"Martin's come down. We know what he's about. He's had a training session. The beauty of Martin is he isn't attached so maybe we could sign him after the window shuts. Looking at him now he's as fit as a fiddle. We have to calculate whether it will be too much of a gamble but he's got quality.

"We might be able to do something else as we go along. We've loads of time left!

"In a week's time the emergency window opens. We're looking at the wide areas of midfield. We've got a lot of tough games coming up and to expect the 11 to play in all those games is unrealistic.

"But with the work we've already done, I'm very happy. The work we've done in this window has been terrific."

Wilson is hopeful of carrying on the momentum of four points from two home matches into the weekend's clash.

"We could have gone under against a very good side in Blackburn and I think a lot of teams will go under against them," he continued. "We stuck in to the game. Second half - it did pan out differently. Maybe overall it was a decent result from our point of view."

"It kept that belief going. We had a good performance and win against Blackpool the week before.

"We've got to make sure the points keep coming in. As long as we've got one more than the team third from bottom at the end of the season.

"You've got to be resolute and difficult to beat. The prime example in the premier league is crystal palace. You've got to tighten up as a unit. From front to back in that respect. Everyone has to supplement each other. There's not a lot between the teams."

"It's going to be blood and thunder (at Hillsborough). We are expecting that anyway. The fans will be up for it and it will be a wonderful atmosphere for both sets of fans. I'm looking forward to it. It's not about my return, it's about this weekend. It's history and we can't change it. Would I want to change it? Possibly not. It's a career I've had satisfaction in a lot of areas with great memories from all the clubs I've been at."

Wilson's former youth team-mate Stuart Gray is now permanent Manager of the Owls after a spell as Caretaker boss, and is 'delighted' he landed the job. "Consistency - that's why Stuart's got the job," added Wilson. "He's brought confidence back into the squad. He's deservedly got the chance to manage them.

"It's a derby game and anything can happen. They've got some quality. We're not going to go there and defend.

"We've got all the teams around us still to play. It's three points if you win or a game less if you lose it. It'll make it a bit easier if we could win. That would be great if we could and we'll be looking to do that."

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