Former Tykes midfielder Brian Howard thinks that the fans support will be needed for Barnsley to come away with a result.
The Tykes are seriously threatened by relegation with a five point gap between them and the three teams above them.
They need to take advantage of this South Yorkshire derby because of how the importance of the fixture locally can reduce the gap in quality between the sides.
This is one of their best chances of picking up a result in the games remaining, and they can’t afford for the gap to get any bigger.
Howard played for Barnsley from 2005 to 2009 and captained the side in the 2007/08 and 2008/09 seasons. Therefore, he has a good understanding of the club as well as how important this match will be to the fans.
Here’s what he had to say about it in an interview with Barnsley’s matchday programme Be Red: “On a day like this, we have to hope that the new regime understand what a derby means to the supporters. I’m sure José will get that.”
“The fans will be huge, they need to get right behind the players because if Barnsley can get a result in a game like that then momentum could kick them on for the rest of the season in the race for survival.”
It may be cliche, but he is right to point out how important mentality is for a derby as well as how the supporters can contribute to this.
He also right to say how important momentum can be for the end of a season as its starts to wind down and some teams have little to play for. That added desire can go a long way even if there is a difference in quality between the sides. They need a positive result because a loss could have the inverse effect and basically consign them to relegation.