Winnall’s targeting the top six

Sam Winnall
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Ambitious striker Sam Winnall is quietly confident Barnsley can earn themselves a play-off place this season.

Winnall is expected to return to the Reds squad next weekend at home to Port Vale after a long lay-off with a hamstring injury.

And Winnall, who has scored nine goals this term, remains optimistic, even though the club are 16th in League One, that there is enough time to break into the top six before the end of what has, so far, been a hit-and-miss campaign.

“Some of our performances have been frustrating, there’s no hiding from that,” admitted Winnall.

“But some of our performances have been very good this season and we know what we’re capable of.

“We’ve been unlucky with a few injuries and suspensions, but there’s still a long way to go in the season – and there’s definitely time to push up the table.

“We know it’s going to be tough, but we’re quietly confident we can get into the play-offs if we perform.

“If we can have a good run of results in February and March, when there’s a lot of games, then we feel as though we could be in a good position to get into that top six.”

The Reds are three points away from getting dragged into the relegation zone, but they are also only seven points adrift of sixth place and what, so far, has proved to be that elusive sixth place.

“It’s such a tight division that a couple of wins can shoot you right up there, but equally a couple of defeats can see you get pulled down,” added Winnall.

“We’re in a funny position at the moment, within touching distance of something really good - and also wary of what can happen if we don’t get the results we’re looking for.”