Barnsley: Reds have laid a marker for visitors, says hitman Sam

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Barnsley hitman Sam Winnall believes the club have laid down their marker to make Oakwell a difficult place for visiting teams to get anything this season.

The on-song Reds cruised to an impressive 4-1 home win over Gillingham on Saturday to climb to fifth in League One.

Winnall netted his first goal of the season and Danny Wilson’s side also claimed their first home win of the domestic campaign.

And Winnall said: “We’ve definitely set a marker out that Oakwell isn’t going to be an easy place for teams to come. We were all disappointed with the start to the season we made with defeats to Crewe and Crawley, but that’s because we know we’re better than that.

“But I think we’ve turned that around a bit now. We were under pressure a bit after the start we made, but we’re starting to find our feet.”

Former Scunthorpe United striker Winnall had gone four games without a win until he broke his goalscoring duck against the Gills.

And having picked up seven points from a possible ten in a welcome three-match unbeaten run, Winnall is understandably confident the Reds can build on their current form.

“It was really pleasing to get that first home win and for me personally to get my first goal,” added the 23-year-old. “It couldn’t have gone much better to be honest.

“To get that first goal is always extra pleasing. You don’t want to go 10, 15 or 20 games without getting that goal because it will affect your performances.

“But I was always confident I would get that first goal and it was especially nice to score it at home.

“I don’t really set myself targets, but I’ll try and stay level-headed and back myself to score in every game. That’s what I’ve always done throughout my career.

“We’ve had a good return picking up seven points from the last three games, especially because we’ve come from behind to get something from two of those games.

“The squad we’ve got here now is really starting to take shape.”

“The competition for places,” he added, “is keeping everybody on their toes.

“Everyone knows that they’ve got to give 100 per cent every week to stay in the team.

“Hopefully the fact we’ve got such a strong squad will propel us to success this season.

“We’ve got a lot of pace in the side and strength from the [substitute’s] bench. It just shows how strong we are and why we want to be competing this season.”