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No New Injury Concerns as Wilson Prepares Reds for Swindon

25 September 2014

Reds Manager Danny Wilson has no fresh injury worries ahead of this weekend's home match against Swindon Town.

The only long-term absentee is youngster George Smith, who steps up his recovery from a broken toe this week.

The Barnsley boss is determined to make sure his side bounce back after last week’s late defeat to Port Vale.

"We want to put it behind us and want to move forward,” said Wilson. “We're up against a good side who have bags of confidence and it's a big test for us - probably the biggest test of the season so far.

“We need to quicken up our play and sharpen our passing. It’s been good in some parts of our game and it’s about getting more consistent in that. The biggest area I’d like us to address more than anything is up-front. It’s about being able to get hold of the ball and link play better. So there are lots of areas we can always get better at. 

“We should never ever be satisfied, but I’d say the performance at Port Vale was far from satisfactory. The players know that and they don’t need anybody to keep ramming it down their throats. They’re more aware of that than anybody else.

“They’re (Swindon) sitting in the top six positions and the football they play is easy on the eye. They have a young team but the understanding is certainly there. But, like all teams in this division, they’re beatable.

"It's important we get a good win under our belts here. With the home support, it's always a bonus when you send your fans home happy.

"All aspects of our defensive work have been scrutinised. On the other side of it, we have to look at the other players in the side in terms of our offensive play, we have to be more clinical. We’ve had chances in games and we haven’t finished teams off.

Meanwhile, the Reds boss handed a professional contract to 17-year-old defender Mason Holgate today, of which Danny added, "We're delighted yet another Academy lad has signed professional terms. Mason, like James (Bree) and Jack (Cowgill) has worked very hard and he's earned his reward.

"We're hopeful his potential will come to fruition in a Barnsley shirt over the course of the next few seasons."

Barnsley Player subscribers can watch Danny's pre-match press conference here.

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