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Barnsley plan to make life worse for Ipswich Town boss McCarthy

Jose Morais manager of Barnsley
Jose Morais manager of Barnsley

Head coach Jose Morais has urged his Barnsley players to continue their consistency tonight at Ipswich Town.

The Reds have played well in their last two games, picking up a four points in their relegation scrap as a result. It could have been back-to-back wins if it was not for a painful late leveller for Bristol City.

The Reds have six games left to secure Championship status – with a game in hand over 21st-placed Bolton,two points above them.

Morais said: “We are getting stronger, more consistent, patient and persistent. This is making a difference to our feelings about our possibilities of staying up.

“The spirit is growing in the squad, I can see that. This makes things happen. Our fate is in our own hands. If we really want it I believe we can.

“Hopefully this is a moment where people feel they can give something to the team and they can have a massive contribution to the cause. This is what we’ve been trying to build to since we came here.”

The Reds head to Portman Road looking for their first win at the ground since 2010.

Barnsley legend Mick McCarthy is at the Ipswich helm, they have lost four of their last five to slip out of play off contention.

And Morias believes the Reds can heap even more misery on their former player – who will leave Ipswich at the end of the season. He said: “I believe we can go there and win.”

The Reds boss added: “I really believe this is a massive opportunity for us to be remarkable.

“I believe they have achieved their goals of the season which was to stay in the league.

“There isn’t anything else for them to achieve in terms of another level this season because they can’t reach the play-offs.

“I don’t think it matters for us because our focus is not on them. It’s on us.

“What we want is much higher than the desire of someone else.

“It’s our actions to get what we want what really matters.”