Barnsley: No goals, no worries for Reds striker Winnall

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Barnsley striker Sam Winnall is refusing to push the panic button just yet despite having not scored his first goal for the club.

Former Scunthorpe United hitman Winnall bagged 23 goals last season and was one Reds’ boss Danny Wilson’s key summer targets.

But although Winnall has not netted in four outings so far, the 23-year-old remains confident it’s “just a matter of time” before he finally finds the back of the net.

“I will score, it’s not as if I’m not going to score,” stressed Winnall.

“It’s only been four games and I think that’s the longest I went without scoring last season and I had a great season.

“It’s not anything to worry about just yet. Things could be a lot, lot worse. All strikers want to be scoring every week.

“I’ve had a few chances but unfortunately they haven’t gone in yet. I’m still confident and that first goal will come, though.

“The worrying thing would be if the chances were drying up and I wasn’t in the right place.

“At the minute it’s not happening. However, it’s just a matter of time before one goes in.

“I’m trying not to think about it too much to be honest, but I’m sure my luck will turn.

“It does play on your mind because as a striker you want to be bang on form all the time.

“You want to be scoring goals and taking the headlines, so it is frustrating sometimes [when you’re not scoring].

“But all you can do is keep working hard, doing everything right and try to remain as confident as possible so, when the next chance does come, you’re going to stick it away.”

Fellow striker Leroy Lita has stolen the headlines of late with two goals in two games, both of which have helped the Reds pick up four points from a possible six in their last two away league outings.

But it’s a return to Oakwell today for Wilson’s charges and the chance to claim their first home win of the season.

And Winnall is confident the Reds are getting closer to playing at the high standard their manage expects of them.

“We’re still gelling,” added Winnall. “As a team we know we’re not the complete package, but things are starting to look very promising for us.”