BARNSLEY striker Craig Davies is hopeful his first goal for the club could see him earn a starting berth at home to Hull City tonight.
The Reds host the Tigers looking to respond after three successive defeats, although Davies’ goal looked to have earned Keith Hill’s side a point at home to Championship basement side Bristol City.
Nigel Pearson’s visitors are sixth in the standings and are currently on a fine nine-game unbeaten run.
“Whatever happens is down to the gaffer, but I want to play as regularly as I can,” Davies said. “Scoring means everything to me, but I knew it was only a matter of time before it came. It’s been a frustrating couple of months with injury. But I’ve working hard in training and hopefully that’s going to help me score a lot more goals this season.
“It’s tough when you’ve had an injury, tearing my groin was really frustrating.
“But I’ve come back stronger and fitter than ever. Scoring will push me on a lot.”
The Reds were good in spells against the Robins, but a section of frustrated supporters booed the team off at half-time after they trailed and also amazingly booed man of the match Jacob Butterfield.
“I think the fans should get behind us and, if we make it hard for teams to come here, they could become our 12th man. That would be nice,” added Davies.
“At the end of day we’re all pushing in the same way. They want us to get three points and they want us to be pushing up the table. In some ways we want it more than them, we’re trying really hard.
“The momentum was with us to get the winning goal against Bristol, but they caught us on the break and stole the points.
“Hull are a good side, but if we keep believing in what we’re practising then I’m sure we’ll be fine. We don’t fear anybody.”
Boss Hill was delighted Davies scored his first goal for the club and understandably wants to see the striker hit the back of the net on a regular basis.
“Craig looked sharp on Saturday, it’s up to him to pick himself,” praised Hill. And Oakwell’s No 1 also called for his team to be “brave” against their on-song opponents.
“I just want the players to express themselves without fearing making a mistake,” said Hill. “We’ve got to play with bravery.”