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Swindon 'Toughest Test To Date' - Wilson

5 February 2015

Reds boss Danny Wilson met with the press this afternoon as he prepares his side for a tough away day at Swindon Town.

The Barnsley Manager is boosted by the return of young starlet Mason Holgate after suspension and has no other injury concerns to contend with following two home victories in the space of four days.

“We’re fine,” said Wilson. “We’ve come away without any serious injury, just bumps and knocks, that’s all.

“From our perspective, we’re not getting carried away with anything. We know where we want to be at the moment but it’s a start. It gives us a bit of belief and a bit more confidence we maybe had a week or two ago.

“We’ve been very realistic with our approach with everything we’ve said this year. We knew we’d have some tough games and there’d be a settling in period.”

The Reds head to Swindon who, themselves, sit third in the league – just three points behind league-leaders Bristol City.

“Arguably it’ll be our best test to date,” continued Wilson. “They’ve been playing very, very well this season, they’re a good side.
“They’re up there on merit. They’ve accumulated those points because they’re a very good side. As I’ve said before, they’ve not had a blip yet. They were unlucky to lose last week at Sheffield United but, when you play at home, it adds a bit of pressure on you, particularly when we get into this part of the season now.

“We’re going there without any pressure on us. We’re going there with two wins and all the confidence but no pressure, because nobody will expect us to get anything. Obviously within the camp we feel differently. 

“There’s a lot to play for. We saw a very competitive game with us on Tuesday night. There’s going to be some conformation, I’m sure, within the right manner. But we’re going there looking to carry on this mini-run we’ve got going.

“The top teams at this moment in time really haven’t had a blip. Will it come? I don’t know, but it’s highlight likely it will come. One or two defeats will come and it’s how they respond from that.”

The Barnsley boss has cited the return of Martin Cranie and Peter Ramage in defence as a key reason for his side’s recent back-to-back wins over Port Vale and Oldham.

“People always talk about the spine of the team but the backline is very important to us,” continued Wilson. “Getting the boys back in the last few games has been terrific for us.

“It’s been no coincidence that we’ve had a couple of good results because they know what to do at certain times of the game. They manage the games better than the younger lads do, albeit the younger lads offer you something different at different times in the season.

“At this time, with the way things have gone, I felt it was important to get them back. Thankfully, from that respective, we’ve had a couple of good results. 

“I just hope now we can get a team out on a regular basis, 90% of the time will be similar. If we can do that I’d like to think the performances will be consistent as well.”


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