Barnsley boss aware of Huckerby threat

PUBLISHED: 17:29 01 March 2007 | UPDATED: 10:07 14 September 2010

Barnsley boss Simon Davey insists Norwich's flying wideman Darren Huckerby is the key man in Saturday's Championship showdown at Oakwell. Davey was an interested spectator at Kenilworth Road in midweek as Simon Lappin's sublime stoppage time free kick winner moved the Canaries three points clear of the Tykes scrapping for survival.

Barnsley boss Simon Davey insists Norwich's flying wideman Darren Huckerby is the key man in Saturday's Championship showdown at Oakwell.

Davey was an interested spectator at Kenilworth Road in midweek as Simon Lappin's sublime stoppage time free kick winner moved the Canaries three points clear of the Tykes scrapping for survival.

Huckerby was on the scoresheet when Norwich ran riot in a 5-1 romp at Carrow Road back in August.

“Huckerby is a world beater on his day,” said Davey. “"You only have to look at the game at Norwich earlier this season to see what Huckerby can do to a team. He was on fire on the day. He can beat any opponent and score goals when he is playing well.

“We know what we have to contend with but we are happy going into the game on the back of two great wins and are determined to make it three.”

Davey is confident his men can build on a morale boosting win at Stoke.

“It's important that we keep this run going,” he said. “Teams in the bottom ten have not had consistency. You get your two wins in and then you start losing or drawing. If we can build on this, get a couple more wins who knows what will happen?

“I think the Stoke game was the hardest fought battle we've had. We got the goal in the first half and it was back to the walls, all credit to the players. We've had a poor away record, but we've come away to Stoke - who are a fantastic team at the moment - and got a great result. I'd have settled for a point, but I wanted all three.”

Davey wants the Reds' supporters to play their part over the crucial run in.

“Our supporters have been fantastic,” he said. “They were great against Stoke and Hull and if they can continue that support then we will do well this season. The more noise they make can really lift the players. Our fans will play their part in getting us results between now and the end of the season. They have done that in the last two matches and we need more of the same against Norwich.”

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