Maltese striker fires warning to Blues

MALTESE international Daniel Bogdanovic has warned Ipswich Town he was born to score goals.

Derek Davis

MALTESE international Daniel Bogdanovic has warned Ipswich Town he was born to score goals.

Barnsley are expecting to get international clearance for the 28-year-old striker, who they signed from Bulgarian side Lokomotiv Sofia, in time for tonight's Championship clash with the Blues.

Bogdanovic impressed while on trial and manager Simon Davey paid an undisclosed fee for the Libyan-born striker who started his professional career at Sliema Wanderers in Malta.

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With 25 caps under his belt and after scoring 31 goals in 31 games while helping Marsaxlokk win the Maltese title, Bogdanovic doesn't lack confidence.

He said: “I'm a goalscorer, not a target man. I like to play football - I was born with a gift and that is to put the ball in the net. That is the most important thing.”

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Bogdanovic has also played in Italy where he turned out alongside Paolo Di Canio for Roma and played in the UEFA Cup competition this season for Sofia.

Barnsley are looking to extract revenge on Town after their 3-0 defeat at Portman Road in September.

With the exception of Bogdanovic coming in for either Jon Macken or Maceo Rigters, the Tykes are not likely to change the side too much from the one that lost at Carrow Road.

With Hugo Colace out and skipper Steve Foster a long-term injury, Marciano Van Homoet is likely to keep his place at left-back, while winger Martin Devaney is back in training.

Although they have received a couple of 'seven-figure' offers for winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce, Barnsley will still have the Jamaican for tonight's match.

Despite taking the Tykes to last year's FA Cup semi-finals and keeping them in the Championship last season, pressure has been mounting on manager Simon Davey, who has vowed to fight on.

He has refused to allow his players any time off in the 10 days since the 4-0 loss at Norwich hoping he will get a positive response.

Davey said: “I hope that gives a knee-jerk reaction for everybody to start thinking that we need to apply ourselves right. We need to put that right against Ipswich.

“I was going to give them a couple of days off because we have not been playing for a while, but I decided against it to make sure that they have been in doing double sessions.

“They have worked very hard, and I am sure come the game it will be a totally different performance to what we had in the second half at Norwich.

“It all fell apart, it wasn't acceptable, the players are disappointed, and we have just got to make sure that never happens again.”

Last year Barnsley beat Town 4-1, immediately after their amazing FA Cup win over Chelsea.

Avoiding defeat tonight would provide the Tykes with their first positive result of 2009, having lost two league games and an FA Cup tie already so far this year.

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