CRAIG Davies is two for two at the Reebok – and hungry for more.
The locals certainly did not join in the last time the Wales international wheeled away in delight after a goal, wearing the colours of Barnsley in November. But all was forgiven this time as the 26-year-old produced a sublime header to finish off Chung-Yong Lee’s cross eight minutes after arriving as a second-half substitute, paving the way for Wanderers to claim victory over local rivals Burnley.
Davies has had to wait for his chance since arriving from Oakwell for £300,000, becoming Dougie Freedman’s first permanent signing. His previous two cameos against Watford and Crystal Palace had totalled just 19 minutes.
But the big front man is happy to bide his time and confident his debut strike will be the first of many at his new club.
“I wasn’t expecting to come here and walk in the team,” he said. “I still have a lot of work to do and a lot to learn.
“Anyone who knows me knows I am quite confident. I just knew it was only going to be a matter of time before I got my first goal; whether it was going to be off the bench or starting.
"Hopefully, there will be many more. I’m just looking to do well for rest of season and then kick on next season. I am feeling sharp but there is more to be done.
“Hopefully, in the next few weeks I will be raring to go.”
Victory over Burnley steered Wanderers four points clear of the bottom three into 17th but intriguingly, also put them 10 points from the play-offs with a game in hand.
Calls for consistency have become commonplace this season, but Davies believes the derby win could be the spark the team has been searching for.
“I am sure it will give everyone a lift,” he said. “Everybody believes in what the manager is trying to do. We just knew it was going to come.
“Last week at Watford, at Crystal Palace too and even against Everton I thought we were the better side. We have been a little frustrated over the last few weeks but today we got what we deserved. Hopefully, we can produce similar type of performances at Forest and Derby.”
Davies was also impressed with debutant Craig Dawson, on loan from West Brom, who came close to opening his own scoring account with a series of first-half headers.
The pair both cut their teeth in the lower leagues, where Dawson built a reputation as a scoring defender.
“It’s the first time I have properly seen him play but he did really well,” Davies said. “Hopefully he can keep that up for the team as well.
“He almost scored a few times and looks a bit of a goal threat.
“When he was at Rochdale, I think he scored something like 10 before January. He is not short of a goal but, hopefully, he is not a rival.”