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Davies Prepared for Wigan Test

17 December 2015

Barnsley goalkeeper Adam Davies spoke to the press ahead of this weekend’s League One clash with Wigan Athletic.


After holding on to run out 3-2 winners against Colchester United last weekend, Davies feels that the Reds are beginning to turn a corner.


Davies said: “I think we’re in a good place at the minute, we’ve been playing well even before the last few results, we just weren’t getting them our way.


“I can feel that we are getting better and hopefully we can go on a little run and this is the start of it.


“I knew it would turn our way in the end, it’s good that the results have come our way and we just need to keep at it.”


“I was hoping for a 3-0 finish to be fair!” Davies quipped. “We let two sloppy goals in so we know we still need to work on that.


“There’s a really good buzz around the place and we’re looking forward to Saturday.


“We stuck in there and showed group has good resilience. But we can’t go 3-0 up and let them back into it when we were cruising but we’ll work on it.


The recent run of results for the Reds has been difficult for Davies to overcome, but feels he is learning a lot from the spell.


“It’s hard to keep your head up and this is the toughest test I’ve had as a goalkeeper. I feel like I’m coming through it.


“You have to concentrate on what’s happening and not worry about what’s happened before and keep on looking forward.


“We’ve added players with experience and have given the group organisation. We’ve been playing 4-4-2, the team hasn’t changed too much and we’ve gelled and feel more settled.”


Wigan’s visit Oakwell this Saturday comes a fortnight after Davies saved the penalty that knocked the Latics out of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.


The stopper feels that the Reds can repeat the achievement this weekend and move out of the relegation zone.


“I’m looking forward to it because we know we can beat them. Even though we beat them on penalties, we had more shots.


“We have the ability to win, we just have to set up the same and do the same as we did last time.


“I think we’ll be looking forward then because we’ll be out of the relegation zone and we have the area final of the JPT and we’ll be in a good place,” he added.


So far this season, the goalkeeper has faced stiff competition for the jersey with Nick Townsend and reflected on his season to this point.


He reflected: “Personally it’s been a bit stop-start, I’ve had a few injuries with my groin and I wasn’t in the team for three or four weeks but feel now I’m back to where I was last season.


“Nick’s a really good goalkeeper, he’s still learning like myself but it’s a good battle we’ve got between us.


“It’s different with me giving advice out to the younger goalkeepers but I like the pressure of being the older stopper.”


The Reds have not managed a clean sheet since beating Gillingham 2-0 at home back in September but Davies is confident he can keep a clean sheet this weekend.


He said: “I thought I was going to get one on Saturday but that didn’t come. There’s been a lot of individual mistakes but we’re working hard in training and looking for a win again on Saturday.


“I’m looking forward to the weekend and hopefully that clean sheet will come."


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