striker Andy Gray is ready to take his chance having bagged the brace which saw Barnsley claim a draw at high-fliers Cardiff City.
Gray’s goals helped the Reds twice come from behind the City of Cardiff Stadium. And having made his last starting bow back on New Year’s Day against Nottingham Forest, it’s no wonder the 33-year-old wants an extended run in the Reds’ first team.
“I’ve not really played since New Year’s Day, so it’s great to have got some time on the pitch and to have scored two goals,” Gray told The Star. “We knew it was a big game for Cardiff because we know they could have gone second, but we stood up well all over the pitch. We gave a good account of ourselves; we more than matched them.
“You’ve got to wait for your chances, but I think the older I’ve got the more you realise that you do have to be patient
“We’ve got a healthy amount of strikers now, so you just have to take your chance when it comes and do as well as you can.”
Gray has had to wait for his chances with the Reds using a string of strikers, with former Birmingham striker Garry O’Connor and Blackpool forward Marlon Harewood having signed until the end of the season. Ex-Bristol forward Danny Haynes is now a permanent fixture at Oakwell, but it was his hamstring injury which gave Gray his long chance.
“It will definitely nice to play a run of games and hopefully score a few more goals,” added Gray. “The prime objective is to get more points than we did last year. But the way we played against Cardiff, shows what we’re capable of and gives us a lot of confidence for the rest of the season.”
Reds boss Mark Robins is delighted with Gray’s mature attitude. “Andy was fantastic, that’s testament to the way he’s looked after himself and kept himself fit,” he praised. “He’s waited for his opportunity and worked hard.”