Date: 9th February 2015 at 9:06pm
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Manager Danny Wilson has admitted it’s like two steps forward one step back with Barnsley at the moment, but following our loss to Swindon he doesn’t believe our play off dream is over for this season because of how incredibly good a side Swindon are.

With wins over Port Vale and Oldham moving us up to 13th in League One, only four points off the play off positions, defeat does affect the table, but it’s far from a closed challenge now – as long as we can get back to winning ways at the next time of asking – and having referenced the strength of Swindon, he knows we could well have come out with a point, so it wasn’t all doom and gloom for him when he spoke to The Star in his post game interviews.

‘We had two great chances late in the game and we also had a couple of other situations which just petered out. It’s all about decision making. We have five vs two at one stage, but that’s about having a bit of composure and understanding the final pass. And we didn’t pick the right one. In a nutshell we just missed that bit of composure in the final third – and we know we need to improve.’

Wilson goes on to credit them as a very good side, but pointed out that all season long League One has been a ‘strange’ league with how games have gone, results people have picked up and so on and in many ways whilst a team’s destiny remains in their own hands – each fixture day results are going for or against you and putting a new complexion on things and it’s not always a bad one, even when you lose the game you can control.

‘Anybody and everybody can take heart from somebody else’s loss or win. We’re not stupid enough to think we’re going to finish in the top two, but there’s every chance we can battle for the top six. I honestly believe it. If we win five of our next eight, or four of our next six, then we’ll not be far away. We just need that mini run to put us in there and, at this stage of the season, it gives you confidence when you need it.’

One thing clearly costing us, especially in away games still, is our ability to concede goals we should be defending better. The stats show our last away win was Sheffield United on November 1st and we’ve lost the last six on the trot now, so clearly that is something that needs to be addressed.

‘Overall we’re disappointed with the goals we’ve conceded. We’ve got to defend properly. We’re just switching off at times and it’s costing us. This league is uncompromising. It’s down to the character of all the players in how they come through these tests.’