Battered Barnsley

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BARNSLEY head to Reading tomorrow still looking for their first league win of the season.

And to make matters worse Reds’ boss Keith Hill has revealed his side are “down to the bares” with niggling injuries. Hill didn’t want to reveal which players were struggling for the clash with the Royals at the Madejski Stadium, but has stressed his squad have to get on with the job. “Reading were Play-Off finalists last season and have pace in the right places” said Hill. “There’s a lot of expectancy on them this season. We need to have a good strategy to deal with them.”

It hasn’t taken long for some Barnsley fans to vent their frustration following the poor start, barring a battling point at Nottingham Forest on opening day. The last three games have been defeats, with one own-goal their only goal of the season so far.

But Hill accepts that it will take time for his new charges - eight of whom arrived during the summer - to find their feet.

“I want to do well for Barnsley FC, the supporters, the players and myself,” added Hill. “I don’t think we performed well in the last two games [Southampton and Middlesbrough], but we did against Forest and I take encouragement from that. It might help that we’re playing the next two games away from home because there’s a little bit too much pressure coming to the players from the terraces and seating areas.

“But the supporters have been great with regards to the majority, they’ve been very supportive and I thank them for that. However, the finances of retaining Championship status are not there for us, so we need to do it a different way. In the last two games we have met two giants in the Championship.

“Talking to [Saints boss] Nigel Adkins and [Boro boss] Tony Mowbray I know we’re poles apart financially and the market in which we are shopping for players.

“I don’t mind the supporters taking things out on me, but there seems to be a feeling that some want to be proven right about the players we have recruited, that we ‘shouldn’t have brought’ to the club. To say we are down to the bare bones is an understatement, but we have to manage it.”