Milestone for PNE opponents’ boss

Devante Cole, son of Andy Cole, is on loan at Barnsley from Manchester City
Devante Cole, son of Andy Cole, is on loan at Barnsley from Manchester City
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Danny Wilson marked a managerial milestone in winning fashion last Saturday and will be looking for his Barnsley side to follow that up against Preston North End at Deepdale.

The Tykes’ 2-0 victory over Leyton Orient was Wilson’s 1,000th game as a manager.

He is one of only 24 bosses to have reached four figures and with clubs chopping and changing managers, there probably will not be too many more joining that elite list in the near future.

Wilson’s managerial career has spanned eight clubs, this being his second spell in charge at Oakwell.

Reflecting on his 1,000th game, he said: “I’m very proud of getting to this stage but you want to remember it with a win and not by a defeat.

“It was a great occasion and it’s ironic that my first league game as a manager was here and then my 1,000th – it’s just fantastic, I couldn’t have celebrated it anywhere better.

“All the ingredients of a really tough football match were there to be seen, particularly second half when we showed great character and resilience to get the result when we were down to 10 men.

“I don’t think we were troubled, in terms of goalkeeping saves, throughout the game.

“We looked fairly strong, particularly in our defensive work.”

Barnsley cross the Pennines in 14th place in League One, their form having been very inconsistent this season.

They have won back to back games though, the victory over Orient preceded by a 3-0 win at Chester City in an FA Cup replay.

Before that, they had gone five matches without a win.

Wilson is quick to acknowledge his side’s inconsistency but he thinks the ability is there to climb the table and challenge towards the top end of the division.

The 54-year-old said: “We can see a bigger picture.

“We’re up and down like a fiddler’s elbow but we know what we’re capable of doing and we believe in the players.

“Yes, they are going to have bad days but we are going to have good days as well. And we had a good day on Saturday.

“We had two great finishes for our goals.”

Conor Hourihane and Devante Cole netted the goals to sink Orient.

Hourihane’s goal was his 11th of the season and the first for six matches.

The Irish midfielder, picked up from Plymouth in the summer, is Barnsley’s leading scorer this term.

Cole, son of ex-Newcastle and Manchester United striker Andy Cole, has found the net seven times.

The 19-year-old is on loan from Manchester City and has been a regular in the Tykes forward line.

He is likely to be partnered up front against PNE by Kyle Hemmings.

That is in the absence of Sam Winnall who has been nursing a hamstring strain.

Winnall spent time on trial with North End in July 2012 during the summer of change under Graham Westley.

He was at Wolves at the time but after playing in a couple of friendly games did not earn himself a move to Preston.

Returning to Deepdale with the Barnsley squad will be Keith Tracey. The winger was sold by PNE to Burnley in August 2011 for £750,000.