Date: 28th March 2014 at 3:59pm
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Following a home defeat to Bournemouth, we were down and out and preparing for life in League One. There was no hope for this team, for this group of players to get the results required to keep them in the Championship.

Next up was a trip to high flying Reading. Injuries to both first choice central defenders together with the majority of the squad underperforming and it was almost impossible for Danny Wilson to select eleven men capable of anything other than leaving Reading with another embarrassing defeat.

Mvoto and Nyatanga at centre of the Barnsley defence sent shivers through every single Barnsley fan. In came Kelvin Etuhu for a first outing of 2014 and at right back of all places. A start for Lawrence, Dawson and Kennedy playing again, no McCourt, no Hassell, you could hear the groans from every household in Barnsley all the way down at Reading.

Another defeat was inevitable wasn`t it? Barnsley ran out 3 – 1 winners and weren`t flattered by the score line. Where did that come from? How can they have been so poor all season and then produce that? Was it just a case of everything finally clicking in to place? A team selection almost forced upon the manager that worked, some great goals scored and maybe some confidence and team spirit back amongst the players.

Everyone had written them off and believed the players had given up. Wilson insisted that wasn`t the case and that the players still believed. This was the players showing they still had the belief and sticking two fingers up at the fans and media who had written them off.

It`s funny what one win can do. The fans believe again and why not. After all there is hope. We are not cut adrift. A few more performances like that and we will stay up but can we find the consistency.

We now have a six pointer away at Yeovil. It is a must win game as the relegation battle looks more and more like three from four even though I believe there is at least another two teams to add to that mix.

For Barnsley, a fixture away at Yeovil holds such importance it might as well be a world cup final. Yeovil have found form recently and certainly have the fighting spirit within their team. Winning away at Reading does not make this an easy fixture.

With mood amongst the fans lifted, Wilson also revealed this week that he will be manager next season. This is good news. I believe he is the right man for the job whatever division we find ourselves in.

Wilson also came out to defend Stephen Dawson who has had his critics this season. I`m glad he did because this lad does not deserve criticism and for me the club have tried to a*** lick the fans too much recently almost making it acceptable for individual players to receive abuse.

Criticism is a part of being a footballer but sometimes it goes too far and sometimes players are singled out for special abuse even when they give 100 per cent which is unacceptable.

Wilson he even said during his defence of Dawson ‘he knows he`s not Glen Hoddle`. We all know he`s not the best on the ball but he gives absolutely everything for the team and he would be one of the first names on the team sheet on current form.

Kennedy is another who comes in for some abuse from fans. He can be frustrating at times when he won`t try and go past his man and doesn`t whip it in first time when he has the chance but overall he has been one of our better performers and certainly played a lot better than Hunt has at right back.

A big criticism of Kennedy is how often he passes backwards but Golbourne did so just as much and some people certainly have memories of players that aren`t actually anywhere near the truth.

Kennedy also has the most assists for Barnsley this season. Whether that says more about him or the rest of the team I don`t know but to do that he certainly wasn`t passing back to his centre half.

Dawson and Kennedy give their best in a Barnsley shirt and it is time that Barnsley fans appreciated them for that if nothing else.

Get behind the players for the rest of the season, the great escape part two is back on. I still believe it will be a lot more difficult than last season but we now have hope which is something we didn`t have at five o clock on Saturday.