According to Barnsley face an almost impossible task, as this weekend the Reds meet the team most likely to crowned champions of our league. Read their article below.

Thanks to their inability to win, Barnsley are entrenched in the relegation scrap and will be done no favours when they host Wolves on Saturday, the Premier League’s newest member.

The Yorkshiremen have only one once in their last 11 and while they are not getting beaten every week, draws may not be enough to keep them in the Championship.

A point was all that was gained at Coventry on Tuesday with a stoppage time Elliott Ward penalty cancelling Tykes’ forward Daniel Bogdanovic’s ninth minute strike, a turn of events that left Barnsley manager Simon Davey furious.

Steven Cook, officiating in just his second Championship game, awarded the penalty for a handball by defender Bobby Hassell.

But Davey insisted the ball hit the 28-year-old on the chest and bemoaned the fact such an inexperienced referee was in charge of a game with so much riding on it.

Afterwards, Coventry boss Chris Coleman backed Davey to keep the Oakwell unit up but for that to happen they may have to score more than once in a game, something the Tykes have only managed 11 times this year.

It could be a good time to play Wolves, though, as the Black Country outfit are bound to be thinking about their new home in the top flight.

Wanderers cemented promotion with a 1-0 win over manager-less QPR on Saturday with goal machine Sylvan Ebanks-Blake netting his 25th of the campaign.

The Old Gold suffered a mid-season blip but have come strong in the last couple of months, suffering a just solitary defeat in nine, against midland rivals Birmingham.

Succeeding in the top division is a different animal, but ex-wolf and Sky Sports co-commentator Andy Gray believes Mick McCarthy can establish the Molineux men in the Premier League, though they may need defensive reinforcements in order to compete at that level.

Wolves’ jubilations are unlikely to have been tamed just yet and Barnsley may be able to take advantage by getting a win that would go a long way to ensuring they are still a Championship club next season.

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