Reds boss on ‘sackable’ performance

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KEITH Hill has demanded an immediate response from his Barnsley team after Tuesday’s “awful” defeat to Burnley.

The manager felt as though he’d been “beaten up by my own side” as the Reds came unstuck at Turf Moor. But next up it’s Portsmouth at Oakwell on Saturday, with Hill hungry for his team to give an improved performance.

“The first half (against Burnley) was not a reflection of what I believe in and what I’ve tried to bring to this club. We just didn’t turn up, which is concerning when you’re a manager. I’m concerned after that type of performance. If I’d have been under pressure that would have been a sackable performance. Sometimes you’ve got to stand there and swallow it and, to a certain degree, I probably felt like a manager who would be receiving a phone call off his chairman or his board of directors after the game as to why I was being sacked.

“We were awful and I was really disappointed. We let the supporters down. We’ve got to have a staple diet of effort, commitment, energy, responsibility and know-how. If you have those then you’ve got a chance of getting something out of the game.

“But we didn’t deserve anything out of the game. I’ve never really been too low as a manager over the last five or six years, but stood there on the touchline was very lonely.”

To make matters worse midfielder Michael Tongue limped off injured and is now a doubt for the Pompey clash.