Barnsley: Tudgay relishing chance to help Reds fight drop

Marcus Tudgay in action for Barnsley against Sheffield Wednesday last season when on loan at Oakwell.
Marcus Tudgay in action for Barnsley against Sheffield Wednesday last season when on loan at Oakwell.
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New loan signing Marcus Tudgay is expected to make another debut for Barnsley this afternoon.

The former Sheffield Wednesday striker has joined the Reds on a month’s loan deal.

And with leading scorer Chris O’Grady sidelined with a calf injury, Tudgay is expected to be thrown straight into the action alongside fellow forward, and namesake, Marcus Pedersen at home to Birmingham City.

A victory for the Reds could see them within a whisker of getting out of the relegation zone for the first time in over two months, but three points won’t be enough to see them out this weekend as they trail Birmingham by four points.

The Blues are just two places above the Reds and also struggling badly for form.

“I’m buzzing for it, fingers crossed we can get something going on Saturday,” said Tudgay.

“I jumped at the chance to come back here. There’s a few new faces since I was here last, but they’re a great set of lads and I know what the manager [David Flitcroft] is about.”

Tudgay scored three goals in nine appearances on his previous loan spell with the Reds a year go, but he broke his collar bone and his Oakwell stay was curtalined.

But the ex-Owls marksman has fond memories of his time with the Reds and is hopeful he can get on the scoresheet over the coming weeks as the struggling Championship club look to climb the table.

“I did well here last time and I enjoyed it,” added Tudgay. “Hopefully I can repeat that.

“Give the opportunity I will score goals. I went away form here saying how good this team is and that they shouldn’t be where they were in the table after some of their performances.

“But that’s football for you and I’m sure they’ll get better. Hopefully I can help with a few goals.”

The Reds are missing goalkeeper Luke Steele (back), defender Peter Ramage (thigh) and strikers Chris O’Grady (calf) and Danny Rose (ankle) for this weekend’s visit of the Blues.

“I’ll be raring to go and to fight for the cause,” said Tudgay. “Birmingham are in a sticky situation themselves, so they’ll be coming here all guns blazing. But it’s about what we do.”