Iron in firing line as Robins issues rallying cry

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MARK Robins has called for his Barnsley side to meet fire with fire when they meet Scunthorpe United tonight.

The Reds host the Iron boosted by a battling point at Derby County.

And although Robins was disappointed his side failed to land a knockout blow against the Rams, he was happy his players kept their concentration.

“Scunthorpe are fighting for their lives, but it’s up to us to match them and make sure we show our fighting spirit as well,” Robins told The Star. “They had a good win against Swansea so they’ll be coming into the game full of confidence.

“But they’re not infallible by any stretch of the imagination and it’s up to us to match their spirit and determination and made sure we get to the right result.

“We’ve not played our best in our last two games and not got into our stride, but we need to keep working hard to get the results we want.”

The Reds will be without the injured defenders Bobby Hassell and Matt Hill for tonight’s showdown with the relegation-threatened Iron who, with a victory, could climb out of the bottom three.

Hassell is struggling with a calf injury. Left-back Hill is out with an abductor strain he picked up kicking a ball at the end of a training session last week.

Former club skipper Stephen Foster is missing with a hip muscle tear which will see him sidelined for another four weeks, although the good news for Robins is that midfielder Hugo Colace could also be fit for Sunday’s trip to take on the Bluebirds having nearly recovered from an abductor injury.

“Scunthorpe’s going to be soon for Hugo, but hopefully he will be okay for Sunday,” revealed Robins.

“Last week wasn’t a good week for us, but now’s the chance for us to work hard and go on a good run. It’s a tough month for us, but then every month is tough in this division.

“We’ve got the international break coming up, which will be good to get a few bodies back for the final run-in to the season.

“But before then we’ve got tough games against Scunthorpe, Cardiff and Reading - and I want us to perform.”

Tonight’s visitors aim to break a hoodoo having not won at Oakwell since 1959.