Davies learning fast as he targets more goals

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RED-hot striker Craig Davies is out to bag the goals that secure Barnsley a welcome home win over Blackpool today.

The Reds host the Seasiders at Oakwell looking to bounce back from successive Championship defeats, while their opponents are unbeaten in their last three league outings.

Blackpool have lost just one of their last eight matches having climbed to ninth in the table, two points and four places above the Reds.

But victory for Keith Hill’s team would see them leapfrog their visitors in the standings and potentially could lift them to their highest position of the season so far.

“I’m really pleased with my form, I’m learning all the time,” Davies, who has scored eight goals in his last nine games, told The Star. “It would have been nice to have scored against West Ham [in the club’s last match], but hopefully I can score against Blackpool.

“There’s no doubt they’re a very good side and it’s going to be a tough game for us, but we’re ready for the challenge.

“The team’s creating some good chances for me at the moment, which is good for me.

“I look to score in every game I play, but if I don’t then hopefully somebody else does. Winning, that’s the most important thing.”

The Reds squad relaxed at home yesterday with their families with alcohol strictly off the agenda, although mince pies and sweets would have passed some of the players’ lips. And 25-year-old Davies is under no illusions of the difficult challenge in store against a club that were causing upsets in the Premier League last season.

“They’ve got a very good manager [Ian Holloway] who has done a really good job for them,” added Davies.

“It’s a new squad for us and everyone has really gelled. Everybody is bubbling around the place. I’ve been in dressing rooms before and seen some players have a fight and have arguments, but I’ve not experienced that at Barnsley since I’ve been here.”

Manchester United loan midfielder Danny Drinkwater will miss today’s match with a torn thigh muscle, while Newcastle United loan striker Nile Ranger is also unavailable. He has an ankle injury.