Barnsley: Sam Winnall looking to double up against Sheffield United

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Reds striker Sam Winnall cannot wait for Saturday’s mouth-watering derby showdown with Sheffield United.

The Reds host the Blades looking to extend their fine nine-game unbeaten run and climb back into the play-off places.

And former Scunthorpe United marksman Winnall, who bagged the winner in a 1-0 win at Bramall Lane earlier in the season, knows victory over their local rivals this weekend could truly ignite the top six push.

“I’ll be hoping to score against them, that would be great if I could do that at Oakwell,” said Winnall.

“They’re the favourites to get one of the play-off spots because they’ve got the points on the board and every team is playing catch-up with them.

“But they did have a bit of a surprise defeat at the weekend [a 2-1 home defeat to Crewe] and maybe it’s a good time for us to go and play them.

“However, we’re not going to underestimate them because we know they’re a good side and they’re pushing for promotion as well.

“We won’t be complacent going into the game, we’ll be fully motivated and know what we need to do to win the game.”

Winnall has struggled with a recurring hamstring injury in his first season with the Reds, but has still managed to score 10 goals in 30 games this term.

And with just seven games remaining – and the race to win promotion hotting up – the 24-year-old wants to find the target a few more times to help the Reds’ chances of securing a sought-after top six spot.

It is the first time in over a decade the club have gone unbeaten for nine games.

Winnall knows doing the double over the Blades and taking that run into double figures would be another big stepping stone to their ultimate goal.

“Beating them earlier in the season brings back some really nice memories,” reflected Winnall. “It wasn’t just my goal, it was the way we played that day.”