BARNSLEY take on Blackpool this afternoon looking to end a miserable away run of seven successive defeats.
The Reds were thumped 4-0 by title-chasers West Ham on Good Friday, the seventh match Keith Hill’s side have failed to score a goal. It was also the club’s 10th loss in their last 13 matches.
And with just a seven-point gap on third from bottom Coventry with five games remaining, the Reds are now firmly embroiled in a desperate fight for survival.
But Hill has stressed he will do everything in his power to help the club retain their Championship status.
“I’ll never give up, I’ll do everything I can to keep us in this division,” said Hill.
“But the players are ultimately responsible for performances.
“It’s difficult being a manager because I’m not used to it, but I’m doing everything in my power to give the players everything they need in preparation [for our matches].
“It feels as though I’ve been beat up a little bit. It could be a really tense finale [to the season].”
And to make matters worse the key players Hill is missing with injury are yet to have recovered their full match fitness for what is a crucial stage in the season.
“At this moment in time I’m juggling balls and spinning plates, I don’t consider them [injury players] to be ready,” added Hill. “But I might have to play some of them against Blackpool.
“But I don’t consider anything we’ve done this season to be successful. I don’t see the possibility of saving our Championship status as successful.
“It would be job achieved, but not successful.
“I don’t think we’re lacking confidence, it’s some of the decisions we’re making.
“We want to keep the ball, but we need to keep the ball in the right areas of the pitch.
“I was pretty embarrassed with what happened against West Ham. It was a difficult fixture, but it was mis-match.
“The players have got to earn responsibility from performances. I’m not comfortable with the situation, I’m finding it very, very uncomfortable. We want to be in the Championship next season, but to be honest I can’t see where the next point’s going to come from. We’re trying to salvage something, but it gives me stomach ache.
“I’ve always been concerned when I first came to the club. We reached a stage in the season where we had everything we wanted and everything we could have expected from where we were in the campaign.
“But since the turn of the year the campaign has gone sour and I just hope we can do enough in the last five games to stay in the division.”