Barnsley: No fear against Bristol City for Reds as striker Mike Phenix signs

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Barnsley boss Danny Wilson has stressed his team will not fear trying to upset League One leaders Bristol City tomorrow.

The Reds have twice squandered leads in successive league defeats to Peterborough United and Notts County in their last two outings.

But Wilson, who swooped yesterday to sign a new striker, Mike Phenix , is confident the table-topping Robins are there to be beaten.

“They’re a team which need respecting, but even though they are 17 points ahead of us in the league they are still beatable,” said Wilson.

“Any team in this league is beatable. We’ve got total respect for them because they’ve had a great run, but they hold no fear [for us].

“We’ve got to be at our real best because Bristol [City] have been doing so well in the league.

“But we believe we can get a result at the weekend.”

And key to the Reds’ chances of success could lie with new signing Phenix, the 6ft 1in centre-forward who joined on a two-deal deal from Conference Premier side AFC Telford yesterday afternoon.

Phenix, aged 25, joined for an undisclosed free rumored to be £25,000 and is expected to be included in Wilson’s squad this weekend.

The signing was unexpected in that few would have expected Wilson to sign a player from a Conference club.

But the Reds boss has made no secret of his desire to sign a targetman to help his current strikers Sam Winnall, Kane Hemmings, Leroy Lita and Manchester United loan marksman Devante Cole.

“The priority has been looking for that big striker,” added Wilson. “We’ve got some good strikers, but there’s more ways to skin a cat. We want someone who can bring the other boys into play. That’s important.”

A delighted Phenix, who up until yesterday was training twice a week, is understandably relishing the challenge of playing in League One.

“I’m chuffed to bits to have joined,” he said. “It’s a bit overwhelming, to be honest.

“It came about last night. My manager [Liam Watson] told me about the interest and it was a no-brainer.

“It all happened overnight and was a bit mad! I just thought I’d go for it and hopefully I can bring some success [to the club].

“I was used to training on Tuesday and Thursday nights, but now I’m looking forward to training every day and getting as fit as I can.”

The Reds face a Robins’ side full of confidence, having lost just once all season in 16 games and who have yet to lose in the league this term under the guidance of manager Steve Cotterill.