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Davies: "There are four cup finals to go."

19 April 2018

Barnsley goalkeeper Adam Davies say there will be a little bit more edge to the upcoming Yorkshire derby against Leeds United.

The Red travel to Elland Road on Saturday knowing that victory could potentially take them out of the bottom three, depending on results at Birmingham City and Bolton Wanderers.

“It’s obviously going to have a bit of extra spice but, as players, we’re just concentrating on the game,” said Davies. “We saw what happened in the last derby game [against Sheffield United] and we just want another performance like that.

“There are four cup finals to go. We all know the position we’re in and what we need to do to get out of it and it’s down to business now in the next four games.”

With no midweek game, the team have had the opportunity to work hard on the training ground for a sustained period of time ahead of the short journey to Leeds this weekend.

Davies believes that the squad are now beginning to understand José Morais’ philosophy and is confident of a strong end to the campaign.

“It’s been nice to get on the training ground and work on a bit of stuff that the gaffer wants us to do and we’re really starting to get a grasp of how he wants us to play,” continued the Reds’ stopper.

“More time on the training pitch is always going to benefit us and, as I say, there’s four cup finals coming up and we need that bit of time to get together and have a think about how we’re going to do it.”

Barnsley will be going up against ex-manager Paul Heckingbottom on Saturday for the first time since his Oakwell departure in February.

Davies insists there are no bad feelings between himself and the former Reds boss, but says friendships will be put to one side once the whistle is blown at Elland Road.

“Hecky was great with me; I’ve not got a bad word to say against him and what he did here was fantastic,” said Davies.

“I can’t thank him enough - there were times when I wasn’t playing too well and he stuck with me, and I came through it. But, come Saturday, we’re not going to be pals and I’m going to try and get one over on him.”

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