Gray sets sights on winning run

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BARNSLEY hitman Andy Gray is delighted the club have gone into the international break boosted by the first home win of the season.

The former Sheffield United and Leeds United striker bagged a brilliant brace as the Reds beat Coventry City 2-0 at Oakwell on Saturday.

And there first three points of the season also saw manager Keith Hill and his ambitious team extend their impressive unbeaten run to seven matches as the climbed two places to 16th in the Championship table.

“We were all delighted with the result on Saturday because we had been playing well lately and just not getting the results,” said Gray. “It was a vital win too though. It gave us a perfect lift going into the international break and of course to get the clean sheet was an added bonus.

“Sometimes you don’t always get the rewards when you put in a decent performance, but maybe we shouldn’t have necessarily been bothered about performances at times and just gone for the win. It was definitely a big win, one which we can have some time to reflect on given the international break, and hopefully it’s one we can build on.

“It’ll give us confidence ahead of the (our next match against) Portsmouth, and it’s eased a bit of pressure too.”

Gray had not scored this season prior to his weekend double, but has worked tirelessly as a target man for the Reds, holding up the ball and giving Hill’s side the chance to break forward with numbers.

And it was an extra special day at the office for Gray who broke his 100-goal league milestone - and added another in his quest to reaching another career milestone with 150 goals his next target.

“It was a nice milestone to pass of course, but hopefully there will be plenty more goals to come from me yet,” added Gray.

“I’ll just keep going for as long as I can.”