Barnsley v Swindon Town: Hourihane answers call for midfield goals

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DANNY WILSON admits the flourishing goals input of Conor Hourihane this term has been a major bonus.

The Irishman, whose fine start to his Reds career was rewarded in him being named as the League One player of the month for August, has struck six goals already in 2014-15 with the six-figure fee paid to bring him in from Plymouth Argyle in the summer already looking a snip.

Barnsley's manager Danny Wilson

Barnsley's manager Danny Wilson

For Wilson, it is a case of long may it continue on the scoring front for Hourihane, whose tally has surpassed his expectations.

Wilson said: “It is a bonus. If there was an area where we were sadly lacking in recent times, it was midfield goals.

“He has not plugged it as yet, but he has given us a great boost in there.

“I don’t know how many Conor is going to score, but he has a fantastic technique from short and long distances and free-kicks. He has a vast array of types of goals in his locker. The more he scores, the more chance of success we have.”

For the second home game in succession, Wilson faces one of his old clubs at Oakwell in Swindon Town after Milton Keynes Dons came to Barnsley a fortnight ago and went away with a 5-3 success.

Mark Cooper’s Robins have made an impressive start to the season and Wilson is under no illusions about the extent of the task for his side.

Wilson, who was unhappy with his side in last weekend’s defeat to Port Vale, said: “We are up against a very good side who have bags of confidence at the moment.

“It will be a big test for us, possibly the biggest test we have had so far this season.

“For us, it is important we get a good win under our belts. With the home support, it is always important to send the fans away happy and that has got to be our objective.”

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