Pain in Spain worth it for improving Reds

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill has told The Star his side have “put down a lot of good foundations” in pre-season so far.

The Reds flew home to Manchester Airport yesterday after an intensive week-long training camp in Benavista near Marbella.

And as well as some “beneficial” work on the Oakwell training ground prior to the trip, Hill is happy with the progress his players are making.

“The players have been absolutely magnificent, they’ve embraced everything we’ve asked of them,” Hill told The Star. “We’ve put down a lot of good foundations, but it’s up to the players to live up to expectations.

“The players have bought into what we’re trying to do. We’ve been doing a lot of work by the distance and the clock.

“We’ve worked on lots of different aspects, working with and without the ball and also on strategy.

“We want to have done all the hard work in the week and then leave it up to the players to perform on a Saturday.

“We’ve found out a lot about the players, but it’s only been two weeks since we started training so it’s still very early days. But in those two weeks I’m really pleased with what we’ve done. We’re going to be constantly evaluating, which means that the players have to meet the high standards which we expect.

“There are going to be players who can do that and those that can’t. Not everybody will want to do it so there could be some squad adjusting along the way.”

Hill and his team return to training today in preparation for their long drive up to Edinburgh tomorrow ahead of Saturday’s opening pre-season fixture against Hibernian at Easter Road.

And Hill is glad his team are nursing a clean bill of health ahead of the match, which will be the first of two in four days with a trip to Hartlepool lined up on Tuesday evening.

“We haven’t picked up any injuries so far,” added Hill. “We do work hard on injury-prevention in training and we’ll keep doing that. I haven’t got any expectations about playing Hibernian, only that they’ve played a few games already so it will probably be a good test for us.”