Reds boss hungry for vital points at the Valley

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KEITH Hill is hungry for his side to pick up a much-needed win this weekend after successive league defeats.

The Reds lost their last two Championship outings before the international break and return to domestic duty on Saturday away to Charlton Athletic.

And Hill knows his players face a tough test against last season’s League One title-winning Addicks at the Valley. “We do need a win and we’ll be trying everything to get one,” Hill told The Star.

“Charlton are a very good side, they had a great win over Blackpool in their last match, so we know it’s going tough. It’s a bit of a distance travelling down there for game, but all I’m asking for is a strong referee.

“A big decision cost us against Leeds [in our last league match] and we can’t afford for that to happen again.”

Hill has defensive worries ahead of his team’s trip to The Valley with defenders Jimmy McNulty and Martin Cranie both ruled out with injury, although centre-back Stephen Foster could return to partner skipper Scott Wiseman in the heart of the Reds’ defence.

Wingers Toni Silva and Jim O’Brien both remain sidelined, as does striker Mido.

But Hill is confident the Reds have enough strength-in-depth to get a positive result on their travels.

“We’ve got to get something of the game - and I’m confident we can do,” added Hill.

“The international break has given us chance to rest the players, but unfortunately the injury news wasn’t I was hoping for. I was hoping for better on that front.”

Meanwhile, the club are still waiting to see whether they will be granted permission to sign John Rooney, the younger brother of Manchester United ace Wayne, on a permanent contract.