Fearless Reds can beat Gills, says star Josh

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Barnsley midfielder Josh Scowen wants Barnsley to put a dampener on Gillingham’s impressive start to League One.

The Reds host the high-flying Gills at Oakwell tomorrow knowing victory could catapult them into the sought-after top six.

And history is on their side having beaten Gillingham in their last five meetings and having also not lost to the Kent-based side in their last 11 meetings.

“Hopefully we can get a little run going,” stressed Scowen.

“Beating Swindon 4-1 in our last home game and then drawing 1-1 against Blackpool has given us confidence.

“Hopefully the more games we play the better we’ll get. It’s about gaining experience as the season goes along.

“We want to play more attractive football and that will come with the more games we play.

“Anyone can beat anybody in this league. We beat Burton and they’re top of the league now.

“If you play well as you can then you can beat anybody to be honest.

“Gillingham are a good side. I’ve played against them a few times, but we’ll try and exploit their weaknesses and try and win the game.

“They’re near the top of the division and flying high, so hopefully we can put a dampener on their season early on and win the game.”

And Scowen, who has yet to score in the league this season, is desperate to get off the mark this weekend.

“I’ve said the last few years I’d like to try more goals and last year I did that,” admitted Scowen. “Hopefully I can score more this year.

“The gaffer wants us to score goals from all over the pitch. If everyone scores goals then we’ll win games.

“To me it doesn’t matter where the goals from, as long as we win games that’s the most important thing.”

Arsenal loan midfielder Dan Crowley has recovered from a thigh injury and is contention for the match-day squad, but former Fulham winger Ryan Williams remains sidelined with a troublesome groin injury.

“We’re looking okay,” he said. “We don’t have any serious injuries from the game at the weekend and Dan Crowley should be back for us.

“He’s training, which is good, hopefully he’ll come through with no problems and should be back in the squad for Saturday.

“But we aren’t quite full strength because Ryan Williams is still not there yet, he’s up and down like a yo-yo with his groin.”