Barnsley: Patient Townsend in contention to start Tractor Boys tussle

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Goalkeeper Nick Townsend believes he is up to the task if called upon against Ipswich this Saturday.

Barnsley number one Adam Davies remains a doubt for the Reds’ Championship opener at Portman Road with a slight niggle, with Townsend next in line for the goalkeeper’s shirt.

The 21-year-old impressed during his side’s final few pre-season friendlies, pulling off a string of fine saves to keep a clean sheet against Peterborough United last weekend.

Although the youngster understands he has to keep working hard in order to make those top performances more consistent.

“If I need to step up then I’ll step up,” said Townsend, who kept a solitary clean sheet in his 10 appearances for the club last season.

“I’ve proved to everyone what I can do, I’ve just got to keep my head down and keep going.

“I just need to make my performances more consistent now whether it’s in training or in games.

“I think there’s still a lot of room for improvement in my game.

“I’m young and I’m still learning every day, even on the training ground.”

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A couple of years ago Davies was in the same boat Townsend is in now, waiting in the wings with a handful of games under his belt.

Now the 24-year-old, who signed on a free transfer from local rivals Sheffield Wednesday, is the club’s number one and Townsend admitted he looks up to his fellow shot stopper.

He said: “He does a lot of things that I don’t do so I watch him and I watch his games back to see how I can improve.

“We have a good friendship. It’s hard because there’s only one spot but we’re not vicious with each other, we back each other all the way.”

Meanwhile, free agent Sessi D’Almeida is expected to put pen to paper to a deal at Oakwell in the next few days following a successful trial period at the club. D’Almeida is a defensive midfielder.