Barnsley: Reds boss relishing derby duel

Danny Wilson
Danny Wilson

Barnsley boss Danny Wilson can’t wait to lock horns with a club he holds dear to his heart – Sheffield Wednesday.

A well-respected player and former manager of the Owls, Wilson knows tomorrow’s South Yorkshire derby clash will get the hairs on the back of his neck to stand up.

He is desperate for his rejuvenated Reds to secure local bragging rights.

Victory for the Reds could see them claw within a couple of points of hauling themselves out of the relegation and close the gap to just three points on their fellow Championship strugglers.

However, defeat against their derby rivals at Hillsborough would see the Owls open up a commanding nine-point gap between the two clubs.

“There is a lot at stake because of where we both are, but I don’t think it will add any more spice to it,” said Wilson. “Both sets of fans will be up for it. It will be a wonderful atmosphere and I’m really looking forward to it.

“We’ve got the opportunity to change one or two things around now, which gives us a chance to throw in fresh legs as and when we need them.

“The work we’ve done in this transfer window has been terrific in my opinion. It’s not easy when your budget doesn’t have the legs to carry more players.

“The owner [Patrick Cryne] has delved into his pocket again - and we have to be grateful for that because it doesn’t always happen. He’s come up trumps for us.”

Wilson will be without midfielder Kelvin Etuhu, still missing a hamstring injury, but Bobby Hassell (calf), Jacob Mellis (ankle) and striker Marcus Pedersen (hamstring) are all in contention.

The Reds are trialing former Doncaster Rovers and Rotherham United midfielder Martin Woods, who trained with the squad for the first time yesterday, while former Sheffield Wednesday and Rovers loan keeper Iain Turner has signed a deal until the end of the season.