BARNSLEY striker Daniel Bogdanovic is convinced his partnership with international team-mate Michael Mifsud will blossom given time.

Bogdanovic netted on his Reds debut and although the Maltese duo have impressed in the two games they've played alongside each other, there have been no goals just yet.

But the former Lokomotiv Sofia hitman is confident that he and Coventry City loan forward Mifsud will soon be finding the back of the net.

Bogdanovic said: "I think me and Michael are working well together, but the goals haven't come yet.

"To be honest, I did not have many chances to score a goal against Charlton but as a team we didn't do great.

"It's not only me where the goals can from; there's Jon Macken and (Kayode] Odejayi, who are both excellent players.

"I played with Jon in my first game for the club and felt very good, it's easy to play with him.

"With Michael it's a different type of game, it's a one-touch game where we release each other.

"We've scored a lot of goals together for the national team, but it's going to take time for us to settle together. I'm hopeful for the future."

Bogdanovic has been impressed with his time at Oakwell so far and is happy if Simon Davey's team sacrifice style for points in their bid to push up the Championship table.

He said: "I'm sure we'll push away from the relegation zone, the most important thing is to get the points.

"I don't mind not playing nice as long as we get the points. I'd rather play rubbish and get the points than play like Brazil and not get anything.

"I'm adapting to life in England. I miss home, but that's normal. But I find myself at home in Barnsley, I feel very good. The people are spectacular, they've been great with me."

Davey's team made it four points from their last two matches with a goalless draw at home to Charlton Athletic at the weekend, but Bogdanovic and the boss see room for improvement.

Bogdanovic said: "The performance was very bad although we got a point, but at this stage of the season we want to get as many points as possible.

"We were a bit tired after the Sheffield Wednesday match, it was a tough game for us. But that's not an excuse for the way we played.

"These things sometimes happen in football, but it's not easy to play teams like Charlton who are at the bottom of the table.

"They had nothing to lose, they came to us to defend and it wasn't easy. They came in to destroy our game.

"We like to play football and they packed up their defence and midfield so it wasn't easy for us to manoeuvre the ball.

"But luckily we got a point, which is worth gold at this stage in the season."

Sheffield Star, 24 February 2009
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