Chief Wilson’s delight as Reds aim for top six

Danny Wilson
Danny Wilson

Barnsley boss Danny Wilson is delighted his side have laid a long-overdue platform for attacking the play-off positions.

But Wilson has stressed his side are still “nowhere near” where he’d like them to be if they are to challenge for a top six finish this season.

The Reds take on high-fliers Swindon Town at the County Ground on the back of much-needed wins over Port Vale and Oldham which has lifted them up to 13th in the table, just four points off the play-off positions.

And that’s a much healthier position than after back-to-back defeats against Doncaster Rovers and MK Dons saw the Reds slip to within four points of the relegation zone.

“We’re nowhere near where we want to be, but it’s [our last two wins] is a start,” said Wilson.

“From our perspective we’re not getting carried away with anything and the wins gives us a bit more confidence and belief than we had a week ago.

“I’m not surprised how tight this league is. Maybe the top four teams are vying for the two automatic promotion places, but any of the other teams could get into the play-offs.

“The top two is out of our reach, but from our perspective we’ve been very realistic in our approach this season.

“We knew we’d have some tough games and it would take time for a lot of players to settle, which has been proved right.

“But we also felt we could put a run together – and let’s hope these last two wins are the start of that run.”

Youngster James Bree (back) is the only player unavailable for this weekend’s clash with the Robins.

But Wilson remains confident his on-song side can make it three wins in a row.

“Why not? Why can’t we go there and win?” said Wilson. “We’re going there with two wins, all the confidence and no pressure. All the pressure will be on them.

“They’ll be a lot of people who won’t expect us to get anything, but there’s a different feeling amongst the camp.

“There’s a lot to play for because points are very precious at this stage of the season.

“But we’re going down there to try and carry on this mini-run which we’re on.”