We still have great belief we can beat the drop, says Wilson

Barnsley manager Danny Wilson.
Barnsley manager Danny Wilson.
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Danny Wilson is eyeing a case of deja-vu for his Barnsley side, starting at Bolton this afternoon.

The relegation-haunted Reds’ survival mission took a hefty setback on Tuesday night courtesy of a home reverse to Burnley on an evening when fellow strugglers Charlton Athletic and Millwall both won.

The results saw Barnsley drop to second-from-bottom and they are five points adrift of safety with six games to go ahead of today’s Roses clash at Bolton Wanderers, who areseeking to clinch a hat-trick of Yorkshire scalps in seven days.

But Wilson insists the blow was not a fatal one with the Reds’ chief drawing inspiration from his side’s previous home loss to Bournemouth on March 22.

That plunged Barnsley to the bottom of the league, with the doom merchants quick to write off Wilson’s side’s chances of performing another successful ‘great escape’ mission and maintaining Championship status.

Undeterred, Wilson’s troops closed ranks and responded in terrific fashion with consecutive victories at Reading and Yeovil and a hard-earned point at home to Brighton.

Wilson would gladly take a similar points return from Barnsley’s next three games, with a monumental clash at Charlton taking place on Tuesday followed by a home derby with out-of-form Leeds United on Easter Saturday.

Wilson said: “We still have a great belief. There’s six games to go and 18 points to play for, which is a lot still to go for.

“We are still in with a chance; it’s down to ourselves and whether we can believe it or not that we can push over the line. I certainly do.

“We have to bounce back. We got banged just before we went away to Reading and responded and that’s what we have got to look for again.

“Another seven points in our next three games and I will be more than happy.

Wilson welcomes Kelvin Etuhu back to the squad after his one-match suspension, while Martin Cranie is “touch and go” after 
recovering from a hamstring tear.

Liam Lawrence should have recovered from a slight calf injury and Wilson said: “I like to think Liam will be fit and Kelvin is back which is great news from our point of view.

“That adds to our squad from Tuesday, so that’s a nice problem to have.”

Last six games: Bolton LDWDWW, Barnsley LLWWDL.

Last time: Bolton 1 Barnsley 1; November 17, 2012; Championship.

Referee: J Adcock (Notts).