Barnsley striker eyes big finish

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BARNSLEY striker Craig Davies has assured supporters that the players will be doing everything they can to finish the season strongly.

The Reds battled to pick up three points at home to Peterborough on Saturday, a win that has almost helped them retain their Championship status for another season.

But with seven league games still to play, the club are not mathematically safe from getting dragged into a relegation scrap.

“We’d like to do ourselves justice. We’re not just going to lie down after beating Peterborough,” Davies told The Star.

“There’s no point thinking we’re fine now, because we’re not mathematically safe: there’s still a lot to play for.

“We had such a good first half to the season that all of us want to make sure we finish as high as we possibly can and lay down a marker for next season.

“We’ve been unlucky with a lot of injuries this season and the loss of big players likes Butts [Jacob Butterfield], Drinks [Danny Drinkwater] and Vaz [Ricardo Vaz Te].

“Any side would miss that type of quality player, not just Barnsley.

“But we showed a lot of spirit to grind out a result against Peterborough, especially when Nathan [Doyle] got sent off and we went down to 10 men.

“We’ve got to show that type of spirit in our remaining seven games and do as well as we can.”

Former Chesterfield hitman Davies has been one of many plus points for the majority of Reds’ supporters and for the club’s ambitious management duo of Keith Hill and David Flitcroft.

So far this season the 26-year-old has bagged 11 goals and he would love to add to his tally in his first full season in the Championship.

“I’d love to score more of course, but I’m not putting a figure on how many goals I want,” admitted Davies. “I’ve got an idea in my head, but I’d rather under-sell myself than say I’ll score 25 goals and only score five.

“But if you’d had said to me at the start of the season would I be happy with six or seven goals in my first season here, then I’d have been happy with that.

“Next season I really do think I’ll have benefited from what I’ve achieved this season. I’m always looking to improve, but for me it’s about the team and how well we do.

“My preferred position is up front, but I’m happy to play in different positions to help the team out. We all help each other, that’s why we’ve made a lot of progress this season.”

Winger Jim O’Brien is expected to make a welcome return to the Reds’ squad for Saturday’s away clash with Ipswich.