Barnsley: Sam Winnall wants to get back on goal trail quickly

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Reds striker Sam Winnall wants to get back to doing what he does best – scoring goals.

The Reds’ leading scorer has been used as an impact substitute in the club’s last two games having only recently returned from a three-month lay-off with a bad hamstring injury.

But Winnall, who has netted nine times this term, is “itching” for his first start since limping off injured against former club Scunthorpe back on November 29.

“Before I got injured I felt I was playing the best football of my career, so it was unfortunate to get injured,” admitted Winnall, ahead of today’s visit to high-fliers Swindon.

“I felt so confident going into every game and that I was going to cause problems for the opposition.

“The injury came at a frustrating time, but that’s football and it comes with the territory.

“You just have to be mentally strong to deal with that and to come back even stronger.

“I’ve really enjoyed being back in the fold, it’s been good being back training with the boys.

“It’s great to be out of the treatment room and good to come back into a side who have won their last two games.

“The lads have done really well in the last two games and those victories have propelled us up the league.

“I’m just itching to get back involved rather than watching on the sidelines. I want to get back out there and do what I love. I’m coming back hungry.”

Third-placed Swindon thumped the Reds 3-0 when the two sides met at Oakwell earlier in the season.

But having picked up six points from a possible six in their last two outings – and with Winnall back in the side – Reds’ boss Danny Wilson is confident his side can cause an upset on their travels as they look for their first away win in the league since beating Sheffield United 1-0 back on 1 November.

“Sam’s been a big bonus for us in the last couple of weeks,” said Wilson. “He’s a proven goalscorer and that’s what we need.

“He’s nowhere near the level of fitness we’d expect him to be having been out for three months, but he’s come back sharp and really hungry.

“Him coming back has put the competition for places back on the other strikers.

“It keeps likes of Leroy [Lita], Kane [Hemmings] and George Waring on their toes.

“For some reason the away form is not as good as we’d like it to be, but it can change just like our home form has changed. We’re going down there [Swindon] full of confidence.”

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