Barnsley: Danny Wilson is onto a winner with Sam Winnall and Devante Cole

Sam Winnall (left) and Devante Cole have struck up a good goalscoring partnership for Barnsley
Sam Winnall (left) and Devante Cole have struck up a good goalscoring partnership for Barnsley
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Barnsley boss Danny Wilson has declared his delight at the strike partnership which has been formed between Sam Winnall and Devante Cole.

Former Scunthorpe hitman Winnall has scored six goals in his last four games and eight goals in his last eight outings, while Manchester City loan marksman Cole has bagged three goals in his last six games.

And together the duo have netted nine goals in the Reds’ last six outings with Wilson’s side having climbed into 11th in League One.

Three successive victories have helped the cause – with Winnall and Cole influential figures in that rise up the standings.

“The pair of them have made life very difficult for defenders,” said Wilson. “It’s been great to see.

“They’ve both been working very hard for the team and themselves.

“They’ve played nine or ten games together now and they’ve formed a very good partnership.

“Sam is very clever and instinctive, and he’s been getting the rewards for his hard work. And Devante, well, we’ve seen his pace is electric and he scares defenders. He’s deserved his success as well. I can only congratulate them on what they’ve achieved so far – and hopefully there’s a lot more to come.”

Winnall and Cole’s blossoming partnership up top for the Reds has meant Leroy Lita and Kane Hemmings have had to bide their time for a chance.

Hemmings was handed a start in the Reds’ 3-2 home win over Colchester United last Friday night, but Lita has not started a game for over two months.

His last start was in a 2-1 away defeat to Port Vale on 20 September.

“[Getting in the team] That’s the challenge for the other strikers. Leroy knows that and so does Kane,” added Wilson.

“We’ve also got Marcello [Trotta] and Ryan [Williams] from Fulham, so there’s plenty of competition for places.”