BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill wants to make sure his ambitious side don’t lose the fine “spirit” they have shown so far this season.
The Reds are plagued with injuries but have battled through some tough fixtures to go six games unbeaten.
And there’s a chance today for Hill’s charges to register their first home win of the season and finish with a smile on their faces before the international break.
Coventry City are today’s visitors at Oakwell, opponents whom the Reds beat 2-1 at home last season.
“I don’t want that spirit we’ve got to get lost,” Hill told The Star. “We deserved to be 1-0 up against Derby on Tuesday and we were the better side in the first half, but it seemed to get lost in the wash because everyone talked about the second half when they threw everything at us.
“But that spirit and belief we’ve got hasn’t been lost on the players and, if we keep performing like we have been doing, then we’re all hopeful the wins we want will come.
“If we keep performing like we have done against the Leicesters, Birminghams and Derbys of this world, then we’ll get the support of a lot more people.”
Hill could be boosted by the return of left-back Jay McEveley for this afternoon’s clash with the Sky Blues after he limped off with a calf injury in midweek against his former club. But if McEveley doesn’t make it then Scott Wiseman could be handed a starting role.
Middlesbrough loan winger Cameron Park has trained this week, having recovered from a bad chest infection.
Hill admits the 19-year-old is not fully match fit.
He could, however, be included on the substitutes bench.