Barnsley's Mr Versatile, Bobby Hassell, describes today's clash against Blackpool as a "must win" encounter as both sides battle to avoid relegation.

Hassell is a recognised full-back, but played alongside Hugo Colace in the centre of midfield in Tuesday's draw with Birmingham City due to the absence of Anderson de Silva and Andranik Teymourian.

The 28 year-old could occupy a similar role at Oakwell this afternoon.

"If we get the three points it will put us above Blackpool and that would be massive" says Hassell, a rumoured summer target for Sheffield Wednesday and Leeds United.

"We have to beat the teams around us. It is a must-win game for us."

The Reds are placed precariously, just one point above the drop-zone. But should they beat the Seasiders, they will go over them on goal difference with three games in hand.

Hassell expects 54 or 55 points to ensure the club's safety, but is adamant the team should be higher up the league."We wouldn't be in this situation if we had kept everyone fit," he said. "We've had horrendous luck with injuries and suspensions."

Sheffield Star, 14 March 2009

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