BARNSLEY have 18 points to play for and may need all of them to finish in the top two which would mean they equal club records for total wins, home wins and away wins.

That will be extremely difficult given some of the tough games ahead, but they will just focus on winning the next half – a mantra which has been so successful this season – and see how close they get.

They are currently five points off the automatic promotion places, with the controversial refereeing display at Burton Albion on Friday likely stopping the top four being separated by just three points.

Whatever happens, to be in this position is a fine achievement and, if they must go through the play-offs, they have already proven they are among the best teams in the division so have little to fear.

But the top two dream is still just about alive because the teams above them are not infallible.

Leaders Sheffield Wednesday ended their six-game winless run at home against relegation-battlers Accrington Stanley on Monday and are six points clear of the Reds who have a game in hand.

Second-placed Plymouth Argyle reacted to losing 4-0 to Bolton Wanderers in the EFL Trophy final at Wembley with a win at lowly Morecambe then a shock home defeat to Lincoln City on Monday.

The Pilgrims now face probably their most difficult game of a fixture list which is, in theory, the easiest of the top four – when they visit Devon rivals Exeter City tomorrow.

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They are under pressure and must prove their reputation as ‘chokers’ is unjustified.

Third-placed Ipswich Town looked set to record a ninth successive win without conceding before Cheltenham Town’s Alfie May did his former boss Michael Duff a favour with a late leveller in a 1-1 draw. Ipswich host Charlton and Port Vale this week before making tricky trips to Peterborough then Oakwell.

Barnsley now visit bottom club Forest Green Rovers who they could relegate to League Two before travelling in midweek to Lincoln City who have only lost once at home all season and recently took four points from away games at the top two.

They then host Oxford United who are winless in 14 and two points above the relegation zone on April 22 before the highly-anticipated home clash with Ipswich the following Tuesday, which the Reds must make sure means something for them.

The away campaign is completed by a trip to MK Dons who are improving and could be safe by that point. Barnsley’s last three away games are at the three sides with the fewest home wins in League One this season.

Their last game is at home Peterborough who are embroiled in the multi-team battle for fifth and sixth which could well still be live by May 7.