Barnsley will look to put more pressure on League One’s top two when they visit relegation-battling Shrewsbury Town on Tuesday from 7.45pm.

The Reds are fourth – four points off the top two – after their 2-1 win at home to Leyton Orient on Saturday with goals in the 88th and 95th minutes.

Shrewsbury are 19th, two places and three points clear of the relegation zone.

The Shrews sacked manager Matt Taylor last month after seven defeats in eight games. They re-appointed Paul Hurst who took them to the 2018 League One play-off final.

They won his first game 2-0 at Northampton Town then lost 2-1 at home to Cambridge and drew 1-1 at high-flying Derby County on Saturday.

Seven of their ten league wins have come at home but they have lost five out of six there. They are the joint lowest scorers in the EFL with 22 goals from 30 matches.

Collins said: “They have just drawn at Derby in a really tight game. A draw was a fair result.

“Paul Hurst is an excellent manager and I was surprised to see him released by Grimsby, having played them in the EFL Trophy.

“They can play, but they also have good physical attributes. Paul’s Grimsby played exceptional football at Oakwell.

“Shrewsbury are at a different point in their season so it might be mixed.”

Defender Mael de Gevigney added: "We were really good at home to them. They want to beat us. They are a good team, they drew at Derby.

“It will be really difficult. We have to be compact, really good mentally and play with intensity, then we should win.”

Barnsley will be without Luca Connell who serves a one-game suspension for his red card on Saturday.

Collins said: “Luca has been instrumental but equally we’ve had good results without him. We didn’t have him at Oxford and got a big win. We’ll deal with it. There’s no question we’re a better side with Luca in it but we’ve shown over time we can win without him.”

Collins has a touchline ban for tonight's game. He was shown a third yellow card of the season during Saturday's match so will have to be in the stands.

Centre-back Jason Sraha, who was released by Barnsley last summer, has made 14 appearances and recently returned from an ankle injury so has been mainly on the bench.

John McAtee began his career at Shrewsbury but was released after just two substitute appearances while his fellow Barnsley striker Sam Cosgrove scored twice in 22 games for them on loan in the first half of the 2021/22 season.

Barnsley have won 23 of their 45 meetings with the Shrews, including the last four. They did the double over Town last season, starting with a win on their last trip to Shropshire with Adam Phillips netting the only goal.

Barnsley won 3-0 at home this season in October thanks to goals by Herbie Kane, Callum Styles and Devante Cole.