Barnsley: Martin Cranie puts faith in Reds strikers to replace Sam Winnall’s goals

Barnsley skipper Martin Cranie
Barnsley skipper Martin Cranie
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Barnsley skipper Martin Cranie has backed the club’s strikers to find their shooting boots in the coming weeks.

The Reds are going to be without star striker Sam Winnall for as long as a month with a hamstring injury. But that means fellow strikers Leroy Lita, Marcello Trotta and Kane Hemmings have a great chance to cement regular starting roles in Danny Wilson’s side.

“Sam was in really good form, so we’re going to miss him,” Cranie told The Star.

“We’ve had one or two injuries to key players over the last couple of weeks, which hasn’t helped.

“But that gives other players the opportunity to show what they can do.

“We’ve got some really good strikers like Leroy, Kane and Marcello, so it’s a chance for them all now to get some games under their belts.

“It’s not as though they’re not ready to come in because we all train together and all the strikers work together so that they can just come straight in we have injuries. They just need a few goals and to get some confidence – I’m sure they can do that.

“I’m sure it’s frustrating for them when they’re not playing, but Sam and Devante have been in great form and so sometimes you have to be patient.

“And we’ve a lot of games coming up over Christmas, so the squad’s going to be really important.:

Manchester City loan striker Devante Cole should also be fit for Saturday’s League One clash at Walsall. Having recovered from flu which ruled him out of the club’s last game at home to Chester.

The Reds were held to a frustrating 0-0 draw by the Conference club and face a tough away clash at the Deva Stadium on Tuesday.

“It’s not going to be easy, but we know that,” admitted Cranie. “Chester have got some good players and they played really well against us. We just didn’t start very well and took a long time to get going.”

“But it’s up to us to perform at their place and to get the result we want so we can play Middlesbrough in the third round.”

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