Barnsley: Kane Hemmings finding his feet at Oakwell

Kane Hemmings
Kane Hemmings

Striker Kane Hemmings believes he is finally starting to “find his feet” at Barnsley.

The former Cowdenbeath hitman bagged his first goal in eight games in Tuesday night’s FA Cup win over Chester.

And the 22-year-old hopes he gets another chance to shine on this afternoon as the Reds hosts strugglers Leyton Orient.

“Hopefully now with a run of games I can really show what I can do,” said Hemmings.

“I think I’ve started to find my feet a little bit now. I feel a lot fitter and hopefully I can have a good run in the team.

“I started the other night and got a goal, so hopefully I get the chance to do the same on Saturday.”

The Reds are still missing star striker Sam Winnall, who has scored nine goals this season, with a hamstring injury.

And Fulham loan winger Ryan Williams is unlikely to play for the club again this calendar year having been forced to have a hernia operation.

That means Hemmings has a great chance to cement a regular starting role having spent much of the season as an impact substitute.

“It’s good to be challenging yourself at this level,” added Hemmings. “

“I’ve learnt so far that I need to be a bit more crude about my business.

“You can’t go chasing the ball, you’ve got to play to your strengths and it would be nice to have a run to doing that.”

Meanwhile, Reds boss Danny Wilson has stressed that his team to improve at home if they are to stand any chance of competing in the top half of League One.

“The best place to kick on is at home, that’s where any time will gain their strength from,” said Wilson.

“We know we’re up against a tough team, but maybe the penny dropped on Tuesday night.

“I’ve love to get us back in the Championship. That’s a big deal for us and the ambition is there to do it.

“There’s always going to be pressure on you, but it’s about sticking to your guns.

“You’ve got to believe in what you’re doing, the process we’ve put in place and the philosophy we’ve put in place.

“The Christmas period is always important for everybody. It’s a gauge for everybody because the games are thick and fast.

“Your squad will be tested, but it’s about getting as many points as possible so we’re in a good position going into the New Year.”

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