Hill out to temper rising expectation

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill admits it’s going to be difficult to temper expectation at Oakwell having guided the Reds to their highest position of the season.

The Reds moved to eighth in The Championship table ahead of ninth-placed Hull City’s game with Birmingham City last night.

Tuesday night’s 2-1 home win over Crystal Palace was the Reds’ fourth successive victory, but Hill has warned there’s plenty more hard work to do.

“It’s superb how we’re playing, but I just keep looking back to the first three games of the season,” reflected Hill, whose side were winless in their opening trio of matches including a shock Carling Cup defeat to League Two Morecambe.

“I don’t look too heavily into a sequence of results. It’s very difficult to do that because of the pressure I felt during those first three games, that will always remind me of how difficult the Championship is. There can be a little too much of an exaggerated expectancy.

“I’m really pleased for the sequence of results and the 30 points after 20 league games. The confidence in the squad is obviously high.

“That 10-point cushion from the bottom three takes a little bit of pressure off performances – and results. But we’re looking forward with great anticipation,” said Hill. “50 points, the ‘safety’ tally, is the initial target.”