DOMINIK Frieser admits he feels more confident this season after scoring two goals in the first four league matches while starting regularly and playing a style of football he believes suits him.
The 27-year-old Austrian forward has scored on the last two Saturdays, opening the scoring in both the 1-0 victory over Coventy City and the 2-2 draw at Queens Park Rangers on Saturday.
He has two goals in four appearances, after netting three in 49 in his first season with the Reds.
Frieser told the Chronicle: “You don’t get too many chances in the Championship so to have two shots and two goals is a very good start. I hope I can carry on like this. I have more confidence now. I am playing every game and I play sometimes 90 minutes. We now play football on the ground, it is much easier for me and I have more opportunities to run in behind and score.
“I don’t really have a target of goals but I just want to get as many as I can and help the team.”
Frieser is one of the few established forwards who are available for Barnsley with Carlton Morris injured and summer signings Obbi Oulare and Aaron Leya Iseka not yet involved.
“It’s hard. They are really good players and we will need them because we play nearly every three or four days. But that is the situation at the moment and it is good for me to play every game.”
Frieser’s sister plays for the Austria under 19s and Dominik would love to receive a call-up for the men’s first team. He said: “It is my goal but in my position there are a lot of good players. I will try to do well and maybe one time I get the chance. I would have to score a lot of goals then the gaffer from the national team will take a look to England. It is every player’s dream to play for their national team.”
Barnsley have five points from four games, having lost a 2-0 lead in a 2-2 draw at QPR. Frieser said: “It was not a bad start. Last season we didn’t win in seven games. We have five points from four rounds which is not bad but could be better.
“If you lead 2-0, you need to win the game. We played really good football in the first half at QPR then played long balls in the second half and we cannot do that this year because we don’t have the big lads up front.
“We had the opportunities to score more goals. I know the club wants young players but I am pretty sure we wouldn’t give this lead away if we had one or two more experienced players. But we can learn and the players will get better with more games.
“We were successful last year but not the best to watch. We played really well in the first half at QPR and, if we do that in 90 minutes in every game, we can do very well. It’s easier for us if a team plays out from the back because we can press and win balls. But most teams play long balls. I think Birmingham will play long balls against us on Saturday.
“They have started really well but, on Saturday, it’s another game.”