Jose Morais believes Barnsley are capable of securing status ahead of last match

HEAD COACHJose Morais believes that Barnsley need to win a minimum of two of their remaining four games to retain their Championship status.

Barnsley's head coach Jose Morais (Picture: Tony Johnson).
Barnsley's head coach Jose Morais (Picture: Tony Johnson).

The third-from-bottom Reds face two critical away dates in the next five days, starting with tomorrow’s derby at Leeds United before playing their game in hand at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday evening.

While the Reds’ form has improved since the start of the Easter programme, Morais’s side have still managed to win just once in their past four matches, with the Portuguese having triumphed in only two of his 11 games in charge.

Questioned on his targets ahead of a crunch away double-header, Morais said: “Now the idea that I have is that we definitely need to win the next game. Then we need to look to the table and opponents’ results and see what is going on.

“Obviously we have four games left and the more points we can pick up the better it would be. If we win the four games it would be extraordinary, wonderful, remarkable. If we do not win the four games we want to be close to winning them. I think it is a minimum of two games that we have to win.”

After successive fixtures on the road, Barnsley entertain Brentford in their final home game of the season at Oakwell on Saturday week before visiting Derby County on the last day of the campaign on May 6.

Despite three of their four remaining games being away from home, Morais retains hope and is not even discounting the prospect of Reds securing their safety before a final-day trip to Pride Park.

“If we win the games that we need before the last game then it is perfect,” Morais added.

“I believe it is still possible to go to the last game already thinking we are still in the Championship.”