Contrary to earlier reports in the week, John Breckin hasn't calculated that the fixture between Palace and Wednesday, on the last game of the season, has now assured Barnsley of their Championship status. Neither side can now mount more points than us without forcing the other in to that final relegation spot.

Wasn't the match against Derby another frustrating 90 minutes? But we gained the point that did it as the spoils on Saturday ... and yes, Wilky Junior had a great time throughout. Especially devouring every morsel of his pack-up before half-time. It looks like it's going to be a regular date.

An away day for the Reds is next as they travel to Wales and the Liberty Stadium. It's going to be a tough fixture given that both 'Boro and Blackpool are breathing down their knecks for that possible sixth position in the league. We can't expect any gifts.

Our luck in South Wales hasn't been great over the last twenty-five years either. With the exception of the Play-Off final, we haven't registered three points away from home in this fixture since August 1974.

Overall in the league, the record states:

Swansea City Wins (29) | Draws (12) | Barnsley Wins (22)

If you thought that Barnsley were toothless in front of goal this season, take a look at the opposition. Swansea have the lowest tally of goals scored (37) in the Championship, but seemingly this has been negated by the fact that they have also had the second lowest total of goals (34) scored against them. It's likely to be a lean affair, unless we can get in to the groove quickly, retain possession and hopefully convert more than once.

Bogy now looks out for the season (hamstring), meaning that our firepower will have to come from MR's pick of Hume, Macken or Gray, but I would certainly encourage a supporting role for Devaney in this match. Disco could make the starting line-up and is looking fresher every time he gets an opportunity to play.

With the gaffer seeking a top place finish in the "Yorkshire League", the games are running out. Nothing less that three victories would secure that position at the end of the season.

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