Reds on song in pre-season

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AHEAD of Barnsley’s final friendly at Scunthorpe United today, new midfielder David Perkins says that pre-season could scarcely have gone any better.

With the Reds now easing into the Keith Hill era, all is positive at Oakwell at present – a fact borne out by four straight friendly victories.

Perkins said: “Pre-season has been tough, the intensity has been high but it’s been very good. The gaffer certainly gets his message across, and while we’re not getting carried away with the results, we’ve been pleasantly surprised.”

The 29-year-old added: “If we’ve got the ball the opposition can’t score, that’s the philosophy. We try and keep the ball as much as we can, knowing chances will come. We’ve done a lot of work and much of it has been about keeping possession.”

The Reds could be without ‘keeper Luke Steele, Jacob Butterfield and Danny Haynes through injury at Glanford Park today, while trialists Ricardo Vaz Te and Kyel Reid may get a final chance to impress. The pre-season has been a mixed bag for Scunthorpe. Altogether they’ve played six games, beating Bottesford Town 7-0, Winterton Rangers 3-1 and Gainsborough Trinity 1-0, Alan Knill’s side lost at FC Halifax Town 1-0 and then lost on penalties to Lincoln City, before Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Rotherham.

n Reds’ young defender Kern Miller has joined Accrington Stanley on a six-month loan deal.