BARNSLEY keeper Ben Alnwick is set to keep his place between the posts for today’s Yorkshire derby with Leeds United at Elland Road.
There’s growing pressure for former Tottenham keeper Alnwick to keep impressing now that fellow shot-stopper Luke Steele is back from injury.
Ex Manchester United player Steele has not started a single game this season but has been on the bench for the club’s last four league games.
Reds boss Keith Hill stressed: “Luke’s got to show patience and a recognition of how well Ben has done.
“He has done, and I’m sure he will do. They both get on, but of course both of them want to play.
“There’s no doubting Luke Steele is a number-one keeper and he wants to get back in the team, but Ben’s starting for us and doing well.
“Luke has got to respect that Ben’s doing well and I haven’t been disappointed with him. He’s made very few mistakes.”
With a fortnight international break to follow this weekend’s match, Steele will have to wait a little bit longer before he’s got the chance to return to first-team action.
Hill added: “It’s the same for players Perks [David Perkins] and Matty Done; they’re on the bench at the moment and are having to be patient to get back in the side. There’s good competition there.”
Defender Stephen Foster has given Hill a boost, having recovered from the back injury which caused him to miss Tuesday night’s 2-0 home loss to Peterborough United.
He should slot back into central defence alongside skipper Scott Wiseman, with Martin Cranie making way.
But the Reds are still without the injured Jimmy McNulty, Jim O’Brien, Toni Silva, Paul Digby and Mido.