Barnsley skipper Conor Hourihane says his side are out to spoil Wigan’s party on Sunday.
The Reds travel to the DW Stadium knowing a win would all but secure their play-off place after a remarkable resurgence in the second half of the campaign.
Scunthorpe and Gillingham are still in the mix but it’s Barnsley who occupy sixth spot on goal difference heading into the final match day of the regular season. Barring a 20 goal swing, Sunday’s opponents Wigan will lift the League One trophy in front of their home fans, but Hourihane wants the travelling supporters to be the ones making all the noise.
“It will be a big crowd, they’re going go up as champions so we’ll be going there to try and spoil their party,” said the midfield maestro. “They’re more or less champions now with their goal difference and we’ll have a big following because we want to make the play-offs - that’s our aim. So I’m sure it will be a good game with two good teams and hopefully we’ll get the positive result we need because if we do I’m sure we’ll get that last spot.
“Any result can take us up - everyone could lose and we could still stay in there. All we can do is control ourselves and we’ll be going out there to win the game.”
The Reds were rocked by a last-gasp equaliser at home to Colchester on Saturday. But Hourihane assured the mood in the camp remains buoyant going into the crunch clash against the Latics.
He added: “The way the game panned out the fact we’re still in the top six is a positive.
“There are some disappointed bodies but we can’t complain too much. The lads will be fine, we’ll regroup in training again this week. It’s going down to the last game, down to the death. We were rock bottom at one stage and since the turn of the year it’s been crazy the run that we’ve been on.
“Come Christmas time if someone said we’d have a one-off game against the league leaders to get in the play-offs then we’d have snapped your hands off.
“We’ll prepare well during the week and go there full of confidence because the run we’re on we are full of confidence. We have to go there with positivity.”