Barnsley top scorer Conor Hourihane in the mood for more goals

Conor Hourihane scores from the spot for Barnsley
Conor Hourihane scores from the spot for Barnsley
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Barnsley midfielder Conor Hourihane is ready for any challenge Chesterfield throw at them this afternoon.

Irishman Hourihane is having a dream season at Oakwell having made a summer switch from Plymouth Argyle.

And the former Pilgrims skipper wants to keep banging in the goals having already bagged 10 this term to be the club’s leading scorer, one ahead of in-form striker Sam Winnall.

“I’m in the best form of my career,” said Hourihane. “Since I’ve come here everything has fallen into place. I felt coming here would be a big stepping stone for me. I’ve worked hard and luckily it’s paid off. But you can’t be complacent, you’ve got to keep going and long may it continue. I always want to do more and better.

“As a team we’re getting there slowly but surely, but again, as a team, there’s no room for complacency. “You can easily lose a couple of games and then we’re all asking questions again. So when you’re going on a nice little run you have to work that bit harder to keep it going.

“We want to keep the spirit and the confidence high because in football that can change so quickly.

“It’s all about being competitive and picking the points up, but we go into any game with confidence now after the results we’ve had.’

The Reds are unbeaten in their last four and gunning for a fourth successive victory for the first time since February 2013.

“We’re gradually finding our feet game by game,” said Hourihane. “We’ve put in some good performances in the last five or six games and have found a settled shape.

“Everyone seems to be adapting, but there’s still a lot of hard work to be done.

“We always mention [trying to keep] clean sheets. If you keep clean sheets then you’ll always pick up points at the end of the day.”

He added: “And then there’s the work-rate side of things and scoring goals. We’ve got to maintain that as well as find that room for improvement.”