Barnsley: Perkins rates O’Grady as top man so far

Barnsley's David Perkins with Leicester's Anthony Knockaert.
Barnsley's David Perkins with Leicester's Anthony Knockaert.
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Barnsley midfielder David Perkins is hoping that in-form Chris O’Grady haunts his former club tomorrow, writes Neil Goulding.

“Hopefully he scores against them, “ said Perkins.

“Chris has got seven goals now. He’s probably been our best player so far.

“If he keeps doing his job for us then that will be fantastic.”

Perkins does not believe that O’Grady has anything to prove in the Oakwell derby.

Barnsley did not want O’Grady to do any press interviews this week in the build-up to the game, but Perkins is confident his team-mate will come to the party.

“He gets a good goal bonus so I think he wants to score,” joked Perkins.

“I don’t think he feels as if he has anything to prove against Sheffield Wednesday.

“I thought he did pretty well there and was unlucky to get left out of the squad.

“I’m not too sure what happened there, but we’ll just concentrate on what he does for our team. And since he’s been here he’s been fantastic.”

Perkins is relishing tomorrow’s clash, which kicks off at 12.15.

And the former Colchester United midfielder is hoping the Reds can rise to the occasion and get revenge having lost twice to the Owls last season.

“There’s not many small matches in the Championship, but there’s no doubting it’s a massive game for us,” added Perkins.

“There’s no easy games and Sheffield Wednesday won’t be an easy game, nor will Ipswich [away next Friday], but we’re looking to pick up some serious points.

“We played really well when they beat us at home and Chris scored, so hopefully he’ll score again.”

The Reds are without the injured Peter Ramage (thigh), but midfielder Jacob Mellis (ribs) and Paddy McCourt (sickness) have both recovered from their respective problems that saw them both substituted last Saturday in a 3-2 home win over Middlesbrough.