Barnsley hitman Craig Davies fires Town warning shot
Barnsley v Ipswich: Barnsley’s four-goal hero Craig Davies has warned Ipswich he is in the mood to strike again ahead of their Championship clash at Oakwell tomorrow.
Davies scored four goals in 19 minutes as his side produced a sensational second-half display to defeat Birmingham 5-0 at St Andrew’s last Saturday.
The striker is now the league’s joint-top goalscorer with seven goals plundered, and with Town’s porous defence leaking eight goals in three away league matches this term, the 26-year-old believes he can continue his goalscoring run.
“I’m hoping to keep improving and kicking on from there,” the former Manchester City youth player said. “I’m confident if the team plays like that I will score.
“Goals are good but I wouldn’t think [my performance against Birmingham] was the best from me just because you score goals.
“I’ve maybe not scored and probably played better but this one gets highlighted because I scored.
“But we all believe in each other more and more, especially after the weekend. Hopefully we can take it into the Ipswich, Peterborough and Leeds games.”
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Davies scored a late consolation from the penalty spot in Town’s memorable 5-3 win at Oakwell last season.
Paul Jewell’s side appeared down and out at half-time after conceding twice and drawing a blank upfront, before Keith Andrews sparked a magnificent second-half comeback.
But Barnsley left-back Tom Kennedy, who made his debut against Birmingham last week, has warned his side not to become complacent against the Blues.
“This league will bite you in the bum straight away. If you turn up on a Saturday and don’t give what you should give, it becomes a struggle,” he said.
“You cannot take any team for granted in this league. No game is an easy game.”
Meanwhile, Davies’ strike-partner Chris Dagnall insists Keith Hill’s troops are primed to pile on further misery for second-bottom Town.
“These are two massive games [Ipswich and Peterborough]. We’ve got to be looking at taking maximum points to put us in a good position,” he said.
“The performances in the last two away games have been spot on, it’s all come together and we’ve got to keep working.”