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Danny Wilson on Team News & MK Dons

11 September 2014

Reds Manager Danny Wilson caught up with Barnsley Player ahead of his side's home clash with MK Dons on Saturday.

“We’re looking very similar to last week,” Wilson told Barnsley Player. “There’s not anybody coming back into the frame at this moment in time. But James Bailey’s very close. We may look at him. Keith Treacy is very close. They’ll be upping their rehabilitation. We’ll have to see on those but there’s a possibility they could be involved.”

Meanwhile, Ross Turnbull and George Smith continue their rehabilitation from back and foot injuries, respectively. Speaking of the latter, Wilson added, “It’s been a little bit of a blow for the boy. He’s got to back to square one again with his training and all of his fitness work with the cast off. He’ll go for a scan in a week or so to make sure his toe’s all healed up.”

“All teams up and down the country always say they would like at least four strikers who can offer you a different dynamic to the team when they come in,” Wilson said. “We’ve got four players who are very similar in that description. They’re all capable of playing and there are partnerships capable of being formed. 

“It’s not really a headache as such, we want to play horses for courses. We want to put a team of strikers in that can win the game.

“What we haven’t got is that big, strong number nine, if you like. We’ve got players that can play up there.

“We’ve seen already how we try to play. We don’t want to be a team that goes from back to front and gets the ball up to the striker and play from there. There does come a stage where balls are going into the box and you need that bit of a presence.

“It’s all about a team ethic and team strategy that understand e have 11 starting players and the common denominator is that come the end of the season we want to be successful.”

Saturday’s visitors, MK Dons, arrive at Oakwell with a decent start to the season behind them – suffering just one defeat so far, like the Reds.

“They play their football and play well,” said Wilson. “They have a very expansive game. They stretch the pitch as wide as they possibly can and they try and pass it. With that, it has its pitfalls. But it can also reap rich rewards which we saw in the Cup game against Manchester United.

“All teams in our division have got good players. We’ve got good players. 

“It’s about how we approach our game. I’ve said before, we want Oakwell to be a really tough place to come.

“We want this place to be a really difficult place to come away with a result.”

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