Barnsley: Sam handles the pressure

Sam Winnall
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Sam Winnall has not had the greatest of starts at Barnsley, but he believes the best is yet to come.

The misfiring Reds were thumped 3-0 at home to Swindon Town on Saturday, their third defeat in their last four League One matches.

Defeat saw Danny Wilson’s out-of-sorts side slip into to 21st place and into the relegation zone for the first time this season.

But Winnall remains confident there is more to come from the South Yorkshire outfit.

“This league is a lot more competitive than League Two,” said Winnall.

“You look across the whole league and you can say that any team could beat any other team on their day.

“That’s what makes League One so difficult to get out of. There are no weak teams in this division and no places you can go to and think it’s a forgone conclusion.

“You’ve got to be at your best every week, otherwise you get punished. That’s the biggest difference between League One and League Two.

“Perhaps there’s a little bit more pressure on me this season because I scored a lot of goals last season, but it’s not too bad.

“To be honest, as a striker you get used to pressure. It comes automatically because you’re always expected to be putting the ball in the back of the net every week.

“I’ve been a centre-forward all my life so I’ve become accustomed to having that pressure on my shoulders.

“It’s just part of the game so I don’t particularly feel it that much. I just want to do my job for the team - and that’s put the ball in the back of the net.”

Winnall bagged 23 goals last term for former club Scunthorpe United. That was in League Two, though, and this season the 23-year-old has mustered just one goal in 11 appearances.

“I’ve enjoyed it, but obviously I’d have liked to have a few goals under my belt,” he admitted.

“But I’m still finding my feet in this division. You’ve got to constantly be looking to better yourself.

“I’m working hard in training every day and trying to be the best player I can be.”