BARNSLEY: Injury-ravaged Reds strive to end Swans hoodoo

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INJURY-hit Barnsley visit bogey side Swansea City in the second round of the Capital One Cup tonight looking to end their extraordinary run of 11 matches without a victory over the Swans.

The Reds, bidding to avoid a third consecutive defeat on the road, have not beaten Swansea since 1983.

When the two teams last met in January in the FA Cup, Keith Hill’s men were thumped 4-2 at Oakwell through goals from Angel Rangel, Danny Graham (2) and Nathan Dyer.

Hill apologised to the supporters following their 5-1 thrashing at Brighton and Hove Albion last weekend, branding his and the team’s performance “inept”. With 12 senior players ruled out through injury, Hill’s options are limited.

He said: “I hope there were a lot of lessons learned. Times like this can only make you stronger and should make you stronger. I am hurting and so are the supporters. We will come out fighting.”

Barnsley face a daunting task at the Liberty Stadium tonight as Premier League high fliers Swansea have picked up maximum points in their opening two top flight fixtures, scoring eight goals without reply.

Although the Swans brushed aside newly-promoted West Ham to seal back-to-backs wins, manager Michael Laudrup is refusing to rest on his laurels.

The former Denmark international, who replaced Brendan Rodgers in the summer, said: “Two games, six points, eight goals and two clean sheets is excellent and as a manager and former player that wasn’t a defender it makes me happy.

“I am very happy with the win.

“Again we must analyse what we did well and where we can improve.

“In the first half we scored two goals from three or four chances which is great but we also gave them some opportunities.

“We gave them lots of corners and set pieces and with the players we have and the players West Ham have they could cause us a lot of problems.”