Davies aims to hit the Reds goal trail

Danny Haynes jumps on Barnsley's 4th goalscorer Craig Davies, he has now scored 6 in 6
Danny Haynes jumps on Barnsley's 4th goalscorer Craig Davies, he has now scored 6 in 6
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BARNSLEY striker Craig Davies wants to get back on the goal trail as the Reds look to upset Leeds for a second time this season.

Former Chesterfield hitman Davies is the Reds’ leading scorer this term with eight goals, but has not found the back of the net for two games.

By no coincidence the Reds have lost their last three games with defeats to Ipswich Town, West Ham and, more recently, Blackpool.

But Keith Hill’s team led in two of those contests only to squander leads which, if they had managed to hold on to, could have seen them flying high as seventh in the Championship standings.

“We’ve been disappointed we some of the defeats, but then we’ve also played well in decent spells of them,’’ Davies told The Star.

“We want to stay well away of the relegation zone but we need to keep chipping in with good results at home and we know that we’re never going to get an easy game.

“Everybody is working hard for the team, we’ve gelled a lot since I joined the club.

“We got a lot of new players in the summer and it’s taken time for things to come together, but we all believe we’ve got a strong squad here who are capable of something special. But it takes time for things to click into place. We can see the signs of that and so can the gaffer [Hill].”

And for Davies, who came to Oakwell with plenty of people doubting his ability to make the jump in standard, the move has been the best thing he’s done in his career so far.

“I never thought I couldn’t make it at this level,” revealed Davies. “Some people might think that’s arrogant, but it’s just self-confidence. You’ve got to have that if you’re going to succeed at a higher level.

“I’ve learnt a lot in the last couple of seasons working under John Sheridan at Chesterfield and now with Keith [at Barnsley]. I’ve still got a hell of a lot to learn, but I’m enjoying the challenge.

“John and Keith are very honest managers and they’ll tell you it straight no matter whether you want to hear it or not.”