Barnsley: Adam Davies loving life in the Championship

Adam Davies, the Barnsley goalkeeper, was relieved to see Sam Winnall equalise against Aston Villa.
Adam Davies, the Barnsley goalkeeper, was relieved to see Sam Winnall equalise against Aston Villa.

Barnsley goalkeeper Adam Davies is thoroughly enjoying his first taste of Championship football.

The 24-year-old has kept three clean sheets in 10 league games so far this season, with a super stop at the death against Aston Villa on Tuesday night helping the hosts hold on for a point at Oakwell.

The shot-stopper, who joined the club from South Yorkshire neighbours Sheffield Wednesday back in 2014, loves the iconic grounds you get to play at in the second tier of English football.

Despite the Reds’ rocketing start to the season, Davies has his feet firmly on the ground and is looking no further than trying to keep the club in the league.

“It’s my first time in the Championship and I’m really enjoying it,” admitted Davies, who kept 16 clean sheets last term.

“If you can’t enjoy the stadiums we’ve been playing at every week then you shouldn’t be playing football so I’m just going to keep enjoying myself and play my best.

“I feel like this league’s going to be really tough because everyone’s constantly fighting.

“It’s been a good start but we’re just looking to stay up, I know it’s a cliché but we just need to take it game by game instead of looking too far forward.

“We’ll just take it game by game and hopefully we can do the business.”

Sam Winnall’s last-minute header sparked scenes of jubilation in the stands at Oakwell, but Davies barely noticed and was just trying to keep his focus.

Despite the Villans dominating proceedings, Davies believes the Reds got what they deserved.

“We knew they were going to come at us and after Saturday we wanted to pick ourselves up because it wasn’t good enough,” added Davies.

“We wanted to play with a lot of energy, play with a high tempo and press them high, just get back to what we’ve been doing recently and I think we did that.

“I think we deserved the point.

“It’s going to be tough to play with that tempo every week but it’s got to be the mindset that the boys need to have.

“If we can play like more often than not then we’ll be okay.

“I didn’t pay much attention to the celebrations after the goal, I was just focused on seeing the game out.

“I knew they were gonna have a chance after. They’ve got quality players and have paid a lot of money for them but I made the save.”