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Wilson Wants Repeat Performance

10 March 2014

Reds Manager Danny Wilson caught up with the press ahead of his side’s home match against Leicester City tomorrow.

Wilson confirmed Ryan McLaughlin and Bobby Hassell will both definitely miss the clash against the Foxes at Oakwell.

“Bobby’s still nursing his calf,” said Wilson. “We’ll speak to Liverpool (about Ryan McLaughlin) later this week. I'm hoping for this week but I'm not holding my breath.

“We've for a problem with Jim O'Brien. He has got a problem with his knee so we will have to see how he is tomorrow.”

Wilson is hopeful of a repeat performance of Saturday’s 1-0 victory over Nottingham Forest against the Foxes.

“It's another game - another tough game,” said Wilson. “We have to remain professional and look at every aspect of how we’ll set up. It'll be difficult because of how we performed on Saturday.

“We've proved on Saturday if we aren't over expansive then we are difficult to break down.

“It was about us getting back to where we were before. We got back on the horse so to speak and the work ethic was there to be seen by the players. That's the type of approach we need to make to our next games. 

“To nul lify the attacking threat Forest pose was terrific. To do it in the manner we did was a great boost to everybody. It was very hard earned. There was nothing fluky about it.”

The Barnsley boss praised Saturday’s match-winner, Dale Jennings, after his first goal of the season won the Reds all three points.

“His all-round game is coming together,” said Wilson of Jennings.. His defensive duties and positional sense is getting better.

“It's a very tough league but I think he's been helped by the lads very well. The lads know what a talent he is because he can win games. The left hand side have found a very good relationship with Tom Kennedy. Just letting him get on with things suits Kennedy.”

Leicester City arrive at Oakwell 13 points clear of third-place - well clear at the top of the Championship, and are surely going to secure automatic promotion at the very least, as Wilson explained.

“They're on a fantastic run,” continued Wilson of Leicester. “I think they're a Premier League team in the making.

“It's a fantastic gap to open up. You've got to tip your hat to them because they'll have had to work very hard for every point they've got. 

“Right through the team they really well their tails off for the team so physically we've got to be at our best. 

“They've kept the players from last season and developed them from there. 

“They've kicked on again and showed a determination to not let it happen again. I'm sure they'll get there.

“The confidence from Saturday – we’ll take into Tuesday. They'll expect a fight and they'll get one. 

“It'll need a team-performance of the hugest standard we need to beat them. 

“If the fans can replicate the atmosphere from Saturday, that will be great. Well need them again tomorrow. 

“I don't think anybody gave us a cat in hell's chance to get any points from these two (Forest & Leicester) but we've got three so who's to say we can't do it again. 

“If we can beat them, and there's a chance, our confidence would be sky high.”


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