Reds boss chases fourth straight win

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill is hungry for his side to extend their three-game winning run.

The Reds host Crystal Palace tonight in a re-arranged home clash that had due to be played last Tuesday, but was rescheduled because of the Eagles’ extended run in the Carling Cup.

And Hill knows a victory would see his team leapfrog their visitors in the standings and potentially cut the five-point gap between them and sixth-placed Brighton who are seven places about them.

“I’m looking for a strong performance,” said Hill. “We should have won comfortably on Saturday but we’ve got to be more disciplined.

“We made mistakes in those last 25 minutes which nearly cost us. But I’m encouraged by the sequence of results. I want to get to 50 pts and then let’s see where we are after 46 games.”

Leading scorer Craig Davies is on fire at the moment having bagged six goals in his last six games.

But Hill stressed that he doesn’t feel signing the former Chesterfield marksman was a gamble despite no interest for the player from any other Championship club in the summer.

“No other Championship manager tried to recruit Craig, but I wouldn’t say it was a gamble me signing him,” added Hill.

“If we’ve got a roulette table then Craig Davies is red all day long. I can’t understand football people these days who make a collective opinion on players. It reverberates around football.

“But Craig deserves his opportunity and what a player he can be at this level. There are a lot of diamonds out there in the lower regions of football and they’re never really given an opportunity because of the fear factor from managers.”

Asked whether Davies warranted a call-up to the Wales national side, Hill added: “I’m just happy that he’s performing. He’s getting on the end of things and scoring goals, six in six is a great return. But let’s not put too much pressure on him because he’s playing well.”

Defender Jay McEveley is facing a late fitness test having tweaked his knee in Saturday’s 4-3 away win over Peterborough.