Barnsley forward Marley Watkins is “buzzing” ahead of the club’s first home game of the season today against Burton Albion.
The Reds are looking for their first win in League One this season having let slip a 1-0 lead in a frustrating 3-1 away defeat to Chesterfield on the opening day of the new season seven days ago.
But a confidence-boosting Capital One first round sudden-death penalty shootout away win over Scunthorpe United has lifted spirits in the Reds’ camp. ahead of the visit of the Brewers.
And Watkins, who joined the club from Inverness Caledonian Thistle this summer, can’t wait to try and give the home supporters more to smile about this weekend.
Watkins missed a penalty in the club’s midweek win and is desperate to get on the scoresheet.
“I’ve got goals in me this season, but as long as I’ll play I’ll be happy,” admitted Watkins.
“The gaffer [Lee Johnson] has told me to relax and my first goal will come, but obviously missing the penalty the other night didn’t help.
“However, that happens in football and you have to move on. We got the win, which was the main thing and that’s what you want.
“It’s a quick tempo in this league, but it’s been really enjoyable so far.
“It’s a big club here and it’s a perfect place for me to improve my game. Hopefully we can take Barnsley up this season.
“We’ve got a couple of good strikers here at the club in Sam Winnall and Conor Wilkinson, which is good.
“It means that you’ve got to be on your game all the time or you won’t be playing.
“That’s why it’s important you perform all the time when you get the chance.
Watkins, 24, has been encouraged with the early signs of progress at Oakwell and believes the squad can only get better.
“I’m really excited about it [how the squad is coming together]. In spells we played really well against Chesterfield,” added the former Swansea City youth team winger.
“And then the other night we were really good against Scunthorpe. It’s been a positive start, we’ve played some good stuff.
“Burton play a good style of football, so it should be a good challenge for us.
“I’m still getting used to playing in the team, but there have been positive signs.
“I thought the whole team did well against Scunthorpe, there were some encouraging signs and that gives us something to build on.
“It’s important we take one game at a time this season because, on our day, I feel we can beat anyone. We’ve got quality.”