BARNSLEY: Bobby Hassell admits he’s only himself to blame

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FANS’ favourite Bobby Hassell is frustrated he’s going to miss Barnsley’s next three games through suspension.

Hassell’s second-ever red card means he will miss Saturday’s home showdown with Blackpool, as well as away clashes with Blackburn Rovers and Birmingham City.

And Hassell knows it’s going to be hard watching all of those fixtures when he’s sat on the sidelines.

“I’ve only got myself to blame, but I’ll be supporting the rest of the lads,” said Hassell.

“We’ve got really tough fixtures coming up, but we’re going into the Blackpool game full of confidence because of our win over Bristol City.” Hassell was sent-off against the Robins and was worried his departure might give the visitors a way back into the contest.

But his teammates ground out a win to make it six points from their opening four league fixtures.

“If you had at the start of the season we’d have six points on the board after our first four games, then I’m sure we’d have snapped your hand off,” he said. “We’ve got a lot of injuries, so it’s been difficult for us. But all the lads have dug in and showed what we’re capable of and showed great character. There’s nothing we can about the injuries, it’s amazing really how many we’ve got. I’ve seen this many at one time. However, you’ve just got to get on with it.”

Hassell added: “Blackpool are a great side, but we played well against them last season.”

A view shared by Reds’ boss Keith Hill who welcomes back defender Rob Edwards.

“Rob is back in the fold which is good, but we’ve got to wait for the rest of the other injured players,” said Hill. “I know we can be competitive in this division, but we need a full-strength squad.

“For me Blackpool are the best side in the league, but as usual it’s about what we do. The players had a rest last week and they’ll come back hungry.”