SAM COSGROVE says his start with Barnsley has been ‘average’.

The striker, 26, joined the Reds on a two-year deal on deadline day last month after leaving Birmingham City.

He is yet to score in two starts and four substitute appearances.

Asked how he would rate his performance so far, he told the Chronicle: “Average.

“I have shown what I am about, hopefully, and added something different to the forward line as a physical presence and a bit more of an old school number nine.

“But I would have liked to have been off the mark by now with my goal-scoring.

“If I am contributing in other ways, I am happy.”

Other than top-scorer Devante Cole, none of the other strikers have hit the net regularly.

Cosgrove said: “Devante scored plenty of goals before I came and he’s carried on that form. While we have him on the pitch, we know we have a threat up there. All the boys up front want to score but, at the moment, he’s the main man. We want to feed him and get as many goals as possible.”

Barnsley have lost four of their five home league games, all to teams expected to compete for promotion including Blackpool on Saturday.

“We definitely want to put that right. I’ve been involved in three matchdays at home. We’ve lost two so it hasn’t been great viewing. We need to be winning those games at home.

“When the big boys come to Oakwell, we’ve got to get at least a point. It’s extremely disappointing.

“It was a big learning curve. Blackpool did a job on us and it was smash and grab. They got the goal early and we couldn’t break them down.”