Midfielder Liam Lawrence admits Barnsley’s next two games could determine whether the club avoid relegation or not.
The Reds take on Bolton this afternoon sitting second from bottom in the Championship and with just 18 points to play for.
And on Tuesday they travel to fellow-strugglers Charlton Athletic, opponents who sit one place above the drop-zone and with five points more.
“Saturday and Tuesday could be quite defining for us in the season,” said Lawrence. “They are two big games for us, but we’re up for it. You’re always looking at the remaining six games, but the main focus is on Saturday because it’s a huge game against a decent side.
“And Tuesday night is such a pivotal game too. We’re professional, but it’s hard not to look at that match as one of our most important games.”
Meanwhile, Reds boss Danny Wilson is focused on guiding his side to what would be only the club’s fourth away win of the season at the Reebok Stadium.
Victory in today’s Roses battle could see the Reds claw within two points of safety with five league fixtures remaining.
“The expectation levels at Bolton are sky high” said Wilson.
“There’s still a lot of players there earning Premier League money, so that itself brings pressures that maybe other clubs don’t have. To not be challenging in the top six is probably a blow for them, but I’m sure they’ll try their best to finish as high as they can.
“On paper you’d think Bolton would be challenging again for the play-offs, but when you get a demise at a club it’s about restructuring.
“However, that’s not my concern, my concern is getting three points for us. That would be fantastic for us.”