Reds must learn from Cup embarrassment

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill has called for his side to bounce back from Tuesday’s first round Carling Cup defeat to League 2 Morecambe Town.

Hill has cast the 0-2 result to “history” and is gunning for an improved performance at home to Southampton on Saturday.

“The Morecambe result is history now. We’ve got to live with that little bit of embarrassment, but it’s about dealing with losing and moving on.

“The fans have been magnificent towards me, the players and the start we’ve had. We’ll be looking for a better performance at the weekend.”

The Reds had chances to keep their Carling Cup run going, but were surprisingly off the pace having impressed at Nottingham Forest.

“Football is a game of decisions, good and bad - and we made some bad decisions. As players and as a manager,” admitted Hill.

“I was expecting us to win the match. I didn’t see that coming, that type of lacklustre performance.

“We’ve got to show a little bit more motivation regardless of who the opposition is. It was evident at Forest that we were slightly the underdogs and wanted to prove a few people wrong.

“But I saw a Morecambe side play with desire, honesty and a game plan that was pretty resolute. They were a threat on the counter-attack and the preyed on some bad mistakes we made and some apprehension.

“I can have no arguments or complaints, they fully deserved their win. However, I’ll be looking for a positive reaction from the players now.”