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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill could give new loan signings Danny Drinkwater and Cameron Park key roles in tomorrow’s away fixture with Millwall.

Manchester United starlet Drinkwater and Middlesbrough youngster Park have both been brought in to bolster the Reds’ ranks with injuries to key players.

Hill is currently sweating on the fitness of midfielders Nathan Doyle, Miles Addison and Reuben Noble-Lazarus, as well as striker Ricardo Vaz Te ahead of the trip to London.

And so Drinkwater, 21, and 19-year-old Park might just be thrust into the Lion’s Den to prove their worth.

“I’m not going to give too much away, but the players who are recovering from injuries probably aren’t ready to play,” revealed Hill.

“But we’re well prepared for Millwall. We’ve got a game-plan and we’re really looking forward to going away and playing this fixture.”

The Reds started the season with a battling away draw against Nottingham Forest, but then lost three matches on the bounce, two of which came in the league against Southampton and Middlesbrough.

But last Saturday’s fine 2-1 away win against Reading, last season’s Play-off finalists, has understandably acted as a welcome “confidence booster” according to Hill.

However, Hill wants more improvements from his side and wants them to kick on with another tough test upon them against opponents who have lost just once in six outings this season.

“There should be no knee-jerk reaction to performances in one-off matches,” added Hill. “This has got to be a learning curve for a lot of people including myself.

“They’re [Millwall] a good side. Everything’s stacked against us, but we don’t mind that. It’s great to be able to go to the likes of Reading and actually get the home supporters not too happy with the state of play and the scoreline.”

Hill says he is fed up of rumours surrounding the future of Danny Haynes.

The striker has been linked with a potential move to a number of clubs but Hill stressed: “At this moment in time I’ve not had one enquiry for Danny Haynes. It’s just a lot of speculation.”

Last season the Reds lost 2-0 at the New Den, but clinched a 1-0 home victory. However, they have not won away atMillwall since 1995.