Doncaster Rovers manager Grant McCann is looking forward to returning to the club he spent a year with in 2007.
McCann was a player at Oakwell over a decade ago, but tomorrow sits in the dugout as his Doncaster side look to keep their unlikely hunt for a play of place on track.
Eighth placed Rovers are just six points behind the Tykes in third and despite the fondness for the area, McCann is keen to ensure his team come out on the right side of the result.
“All we’re looking for is to go there and get a positive result, we’ve prepared well and we’re looking forward to the game,” he told the club’s website.
“My son was born in Barnsley hospital and I still have my house there which I rent to the football club so it is a club I know well. You have to stay calm in a derby game, we did it against Bradford and play the game rather than the occasion.”
His side goes into the game on the back of successive victories, beating Chorley in the FA Cup and Wimbledon in the league, but McCann knows that a failure to win against Daniel Stendel’s side won’t define their season.
“The result at Oakwell won’t define whether or not we’re fully back on track, but a win would help us close the gap on the teams above us.”
This is a big game for Doncaster, wanting to stay in touch with the top two, but in truth they’re hunting a top six spot and defeat won’t end those hopes.
It’s a big game but when Barnsley are on form, they’re superb and Rovers will just be hoping to keep it tight and maybe nick a goal or point.