BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill knows Bristol City’s players will be eager to impress new manager Derek McInnes this afternoon.
And with former Reds Jamal Campbell-Ryce and Lewin Nyatanga also returning to Oakwell, the fixture will have plenty of added spice.
“They’ll be coming here looking to kickstart their season” Hill said. “They’ve got threats all over the pitch. Nicky Maynard is an excellent player, but they’ve got lots of goal threats with Albert Adomah and John Stead. And they’ve got quality with Campbell-Ryce, Neil Kilkenny and David James in net. They’ve definitely under-achieved this season with the talent they’ve got.
“They have lost a lot of games this season and sometimes you’d expect a change in manager to turn things around.
“When we played Portsmouth they were galvanised despite Steve Cotterill leaving, but it doesn’t always work like that.
“Whatever team they put out, it’s going to be difficult for us. I’ve had a great response in training this week, we’re really looking forward to the challenge.”
Defender Bobby Hassell, out of today’s clash, is backing the Reds to bounce back from last Saturday’s 5-3 defeat at Cardiff City.
“Cardiff played really well, but we didn’t turn up” reflected Hassell. “But we’ve only lost two league home games so far, so if we can keep that form going we’d be happy. There’s probably only been two performances this season where we weren’t happy with the way we played, but then the injuries at the club have been really bad. We’ve had as many as 12-13 players out. We can’t dwell on Cardiff. We’re playing good football with a good tempo.”