Barnsley: Hot shot O’Grady sets sights on derby bragging rights

Chris O'Grady
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Barnsley hitman Chris O’Grady is looking to land the killer blow that sees the Reds claim local bragging rights in tomorrow’s South Yorkshire derby with Doncaster Rovers.

Former Sheffield Wednesday striker O’Grady has been bang in form this season with seven goals.

And the 27-year-old hopes he can get on the scoresheet again as the Reds aim to leapfrog Rovers in the Championship table with a victory.

“It’s going to be nice to be in front of our own fans,” O’Grady said. “We identified this game as one of the games we’d love to win, especially because it’s a derby and you want to perform for the fans.

“It’s been great to have played well this season and scored a few goals, but for me it’s all about the team.

“It’s nice scoring, but if you end up losing the game then that’s disappointing.

“Doncaster are a good side, but if we beat them it would be nice to go into the international break with a win under our belts. We’d be in a much healthier position and could be out of the bottom three, so there’s plenty to play for.”

The Reds are unbeaten in their last three matches having beaten Middlesbrough at home and drawn with Sheffield Wednesday and Ipswich Town in their last three league outings respectively.

And O’Grady knows three more points on Saturday would see the Reds rise one point above Rovers, who are 20th, in the table.

“You always get up for a derby game, you know it means a lot to the fans,” added O’Grady. I’m glad I’ve been scoring some goals and carried on my form from last season. I don’t like to set too many targets, but overall for a season I like to get in to double figures for goals.

“For me it’s a case of getting to that number as quickly as possible and then trying to build on it for the rest of the season. You’re always setting short-term targets, so to be steadily getting goals is what I’m about. But I think my teammates no that I’m not a selfish player and if I can help them score I’m just as happy.

“It’s a bonus when I score and I’ll keep trying to that because I’m enjoying scoring this season.”

O’Grady hasn’t scored in his last two games, but he is confident his partnership with Norway international loan striker Marcus Pedersen will yield plenty more goals this term.

“I enjoy playing with whichever striker I’m paired with, but me and Marcus are enjoying playing together,” revealed O’Grady.

“I just do my best whatever partnership I play in, but me and Marcus have different strengths and the more we play together, well the better we’ll hopefully get.

“And we’ve got other good strikers at the club like Jason Scotland and Daggers [Chris Dagnall] who are great to play with, so we have lots of good options.”