David Flitcroft, the Barnsley manager, says there is more to come from Marcus Pedersen after the striker’s peach of a goal in their hard-earned draw with Sheffield Wednesday.
The 23-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Danish top-flight side Odense BK, claimed his second goal in Reds colours in the 16th minute of Saturday’s South Yorkshire derby. Matty Fryatt cancelled out Pedersen’s fine opener on the hour mark.
Flitcroft hailed Pedersen’s technique in his strike, saying: “His goal was Premier League class. Marcus is going to get fitter and better. He causes defenders no end of problems.
“He’s always trying to get in on the other side of the defender. He’s dangerous and when he smells that danger there is a real desire to score goals. It is a unique quality to have.”
Pedersen, on a season-long loan deal from Dutch side Vitesse Arnhem, has recently shaken off a foot injury and started Barnsley’s last two matches up front alongside former Owls player Chris O’Grady.
Of his spell on the sidelines, Pedersen said: “It was frustrating, I felt I had a good start, and it was a stupid injury. I couldn’t do anything about it. I feel now I am almost 100 per cent back, but still need to improve my fitness.”
The Norwegian admits he has been “surprised” by how competitive the Championship is.
“There are a lot of good clubs and every game is tough,” he conceded.
Flitcroft said he “enjoyed large aspects” of Barnsley’s performance. He felt their high tempo game plan worked, particularly in the first half.
“I was disappointed we didn’t lock the pitch down for their goal, we left it too open so we have to do better and defend better to keep a clean sheet and win games,” said the Reds chief. “I am pleased we are getting better and finding some momentum.”