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Reds Got to be at Their 'Best' For Bristol City Test, Says Wilson

23 October 2014

Reds Manager Danny Wilson caught up with the press ahead of his side’s home match with Bristol City this weekend.

Wilson insists the mood in the camp is good following Tuesday night’s 3-2 defeat at home to Notts County.

“The lads have been surprisingly good,” said Wilson. “Even though we’ve thrown three points away.

“It’s surprisingly good and quite buoyant. I think they’re in that frame of mind because of how well we played at times.

“We’ve had some great football played. We played a team that has, arguably, one of the best defences in the league and we’ve cut them to ribbons at times.

“The attacking play has been absolutely superb. We should have come away with more goals but we didn’t. 
“Their first goal gave them that belief that they were still in the game. But from our point of view we could have wrapped it up before half time.”

It doesn’t get much tougher for the Reds as Bristol City arrive at Oakwell top of the League One tree and yet to lose a game – winning nine and drawing five so far in the league this season.

“We’ve got to be ready for the next challenge in front of us,” said Wilson.

“We’ve got to be at our real, real best on Saturday because Bristol City are doing so well in the league and they look like they’re going to be a team that will maintain that strength. They need respecting but I will say again, they’re all beatable. Any team in the league is beatable. There’ll be no fear, but we’ll respect them.

“Looking at the results and goals they’ve scored. They’ve scored in most games. They have a very good striking prowess and we have to be weary of that, but they also concede.

“We believe that if we can play similarly than we did on Tuesday in our attacking mode, then we can score goals. But we have to tweak the other side of our game.

“In recent years they’ve invested very well. Steve Lansdown is desperate to get back into the Championship and they’re revamping the stadium with a great following down there. They’re five points clear of the top and everything will be in place for next season, I’m sure they’d like it to be in the Championship.”

The Barnsley boss confirmed winger Dale Jennings is not yet ready to return to first-team action

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