Barnsley: Wilson targets long-running unbeaten record on the road

Ross Turnbull is in line for a return for Barnsley
Ross Turnbull is in line for a return for Barnsley

Reds boss Danny Wilson wants his team to keep their unbeaten away record going for as long as possible.

The Reds take on second from bottom Port Vale today boosted by a four-game unbeaten run.

And Wilson doesn’t expect an easy ride despite the Valiants having not won in their last seven matches, with the last six of those fixtures having been defeats.

“The longer we’re unbeaten away from home the better,” said Wilson.

“We’ve got another tough game on Saturday at Port Vale. They’re not having a good time of things at the moment, but that makes them even more dangerous.

“We’ve got to go there and try and put a performance on like we did in the second half against Fleetwood, but do that for 90 minutes.

“I watched Port Vale on Tuesday night when they got beat by Bristol City, but for certain periods of the game they caused them a lot of problems.

“They’re very strong and very direct. They certainly make it very difficult for you.

“But it’s like they seem to say, when you’re on a bad run you don’t seem to get those lucky breaks.

“They didn’t get a break against Bristol. At the moment it [luck] seems to be going against them at the moment – and I hope that continues on Saturday with all due respect.”

The Reds last played Port Vale back in February 2006 when the two sides drew 1-1 at Oakwell.

But the Reds have not beaten the Valiants away from home in their last seven meetings, with their last away win at coming all the way back in October 1996.

James Bailey, Keith Treacy and Ross Turnbull all in contention for the Wilson’s match-day squad having missed most of the season so far through injury, while Kane Hemmings has recovered from a tight calf picked up in Wednesday’s goalless away draw with Fleetwood Town.

Highly-rated Reds striker Rhys Oates has joined Grimsby Town on a one-month loan deal.