BARNSLEY: Out-of-form Reds eager to ease drop fears

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WHISPER it quietly, but the Reds are all but assured of Championship football at Oakwell next season.

Nonetheless, a win against Hull City will banish any lingering fears of relegation in Keith Hill’s first season as manager of the Reds.

And Hill reckons it will be a huge achievement if his side does escape the drop.

He said: “At the start of the season I didn’t think that survival would be any kind of achievement for myself, but knowing what I know now, which I didn’t know at the start of the season, it would be huge.”

Hill’s side is currently seven points clear of third-from-bottom Coventry City, but football can be a strange game at the best of times and Hill is aware of the need to get back to winning ways in what he describes as a ‘three-game season’.

He said: “We’ve got to find the right permutation to get those points and we need to get them as soon as we can. The psychological impact of the last few games will stand us all in good stead and hopefully lessons have been learnt.

“We have a three-game season ahead of us now, starting with the Hull City game and it could all be over by tonight. Last weekend has gone and we have to pick the lads up again.”