Barnsley: Reds face biggest test

Danny Wilson
Danny Wilson

Barnsley boss Danny Wilson has called for his misfiring side to get back on track with a much-improved performance at home to high-fliers Swindon Town tomorrow.

The Reds have slipped to 19th in League One having picked up just one point from a possible nine.

And last Saturday’s disappointing 2-1 away defeat to Port Vale did little to lift confidence at Oakwell.

Wilson, who has no injury concerns ahead of his side’s clash with the fourth-placed Robins, has marked this weekend’s fixture as “probably the biggest test we’ve had this season”.

“So far we’ve been average, but I still maintain that with the players we’ve got we’ll only get better as the season goes on,” said Wilson.

“We were very poor at Port Vale. We were nowhere near on the front foot. But there’s nobody more disappointed than the players.

“It’s one of those days we’ve got to put behind us and make sure it doesn’t happen again.

“We need to move forward this weekend against a Swindon side who have bags of confidence.

“It will be a big test for us, probably the biggest test we’ve had this season.

“They’ve had a very good start to the season and are in the top six and play football which is pleasing to the eye. But, like all teams in this division, they’re beatable.

“We’d like to think it’s going to be a very difficult game for them.”

The Reds have won just one of their three home league fixtures so far despite Wilson having stressed the importance of Oakwell form being key to the club’s chances of success.

But the boss remains confident his emerging team will improve in the coming weeks, although he stressed eradicating defensive frailties and becoming more “clinical” in attack is pivotal to re-shaping the club’s fortunes.

“It’s not been great at home this season, but it’s not been bad,” he said.