Midfielder Josh Scowen is eying a morale-boosting three points as Barnsley look to topple Yorkshire rivals Leeds United today.
The Reds are looking to put the past few days behind them following the dismissal of assistant boss Tommy Wright, who was caught up in the Daily Telegraph’s corruption sting.
Paul Heckingbottom has moved quickly to replace Wright with Jamie Clapham yesterday announced as a new addition to the his coaching staff.
The 40-year-old has signed an initial short-term deal as first team coach and will be in the dugout later today against Leeds.
Scowen is urging the Reds to build on their last-gasp point against Aston Villa in midweek and believes a derby is the ideal scenario in which to do that.
“It’s a massive occasion,” Scowen said.
“We’ll go into it looking for all three points and after the result on Tuesday we have the confidence that we can do that
“Beating them will mean everything and be a massive boost for the boys in the changing room.
“It’ll be a great day out for the fans and hopefully will keep them on side.
“They’ve picked up a few wins recently so they’ll be confident but if we play the way we have been and the way we can then we’ll come away with something.
“It’s a huge game but as you saw last year going to Wembley twice and winning, it’s no bigger than that really.
“It’ll be great to win before the international break and make it a really good start to the season.”
Both Barnsley and Leeds have found themselves in the spotlight due to the Telegraph’s sting, which saw Sam Allardyce end his time in charge of England after just 67 days.
Leeds owner Massino Cellino was also implicated after being filmed allegedly offering 20 per cent of the club to help ‘businessmen’ get around third-party rules.
Supporters of the Elland Road club are expected to protest against Cellino during this afternoon’s game.