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Cauley Woodrow previews Wigan clash

11 July 2020

Ahead of our Sky Bet Championship clash with Wigan Athletic this weekend, Cauley Woodrow insists the Reds are looking to build on their encouraging display against Luton Town in midweek.

Barnsley were unfortunate to leave Kenilworth Road with just a point, having bombarded the Hatters’ goal for large parts of the encounter.

A similar performance against the Latics could prove to be crucial in the race for survival, with three points the target at Oakwell on Saturday afternoon.

“In the first half, we were all over them,” admitted Woodrow. “Aapo managed to score late in the second half, but we had a lot of chances and, on another day, they probably would have gone in.

“It was such a poor performance at Stoke so we really needed to bounce back and put in a good performance, and I think we did that. We didn’t come away with the three points like we wanted but, in terms of the performance and getting back on track, a point might be the difference between staying up and going down.”

Wigan travel to South Yorkshire in good form, with four wins from their last five outings since returning from lockdown.

But, with the threat of a 12-point deduction looming large over the club, Paul Cook’s side are by no means out of the woods in terms of a relegation scrap.

Victory over the Latics on Saturday would further enhance Barnsley’s survival credentials, while also potentially plunging the visitors into more trouble.

“It’s a must win, but I suppose every game has been must win for us since we came back from lockdown,” continued Woodrow. “In terms of the game at the weekend, that’s the one were focussed on at the moment and we need to get three points if we’re going to give ourselves a chance – especially if teams around us keep picking up results.

“We’re going to give everything we can to get three points, but there’s still another three games that we can pick up points in.

“All season, it’s been the same story for us. We obviously started off the season with a win, but, after that, we went however long we went without winning and we’ve always been chasing to get back with the pack and we’ve managed to do that now.

“In terms of the whole season, every game has been just as important as they are now because we could’ve been down and out and relegated a long time ago.”

You can watch Cauley’s pre-match interview on iFollow Barnsley.

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