BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill was delighted his side kicked off pre-season with a workmanlike away victory over Alfreton Town.
But Hill has stressed he won’t be attributing too much importance on the Reds’ pre-season results, so long as his ambitious squad are firing on full cylinders for the start of the season.
The Reds face Hill’s former club Rochdale in the Carling Cup first round on Saturday, August 11, followed by an opening-day Championship clash with Middlesbrough seven days later at Oakwell.
“I’m not going to consider the games too much or the results,” admitted Hill. “But I’m going to ask the players to be penetrative with their possession and play tired as well. I want them to play fatigued because that will be improving the players conditionally as we get closer to the first game. We’re fit, but we’re not sharp. Sharpness is key..”
Two goals from former Chesterfield striker Craig Davies did the trick as the Reds beat Alfreton 2-1 at the Impact Arena on Tuesday night, a win on the back of a 1-0 victory over St Mirren on the club’s recent Marbella training camp.
But Hill is treating the club’s pre-season matches as “training” opportunities.
Meanwhile, defender Scott Wiseman has picked up an unwanted wrist injury before the start of the new season - but the good news for Reds fans is that the right-back will be able to play in the club’s pre-season matches with a cast on.