BARNSLEY: Keith Hill tells Reds not to get carried away

In contention: Bobby Hassell is back from his suspension
In contention: Bobby Hassell is back from his suspension
Have your say

BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill has stressed his side won’t take their eyes off the ball against strugglers Ipswich Town.

The Reds host the Tractor Boys on the back of a 5-0 demolition of Birmingham City last weekend, the club’s biggest win of the season – and for some time.

And Hill has worked closely with his players this week to make sure confidence doesn’t turn into arrogance.

“We’ve got to guard against that, but training has gone great this week and there’s a buzz in the camp,” Hill told The Star.

“Confidence can turn into arrogance and arrogance can turn into the blind, so we don’t want that to happen.

“But the players know what we expect from them and deserve all the plaudits they got for our victory over Birmingham.

Ipswich is a different challenge for us and no matter how well they’re playing, we’ll give them the upmost respect.”

The Reds have won two and drawn one of their three home league fixtures this season, while the misfiring Tractor Boys – and their under-fire manager Paul Jewell have lost three of their last four league matches, which has seen them slump to second bottom in the Championship warned.

But Hill warned: “What I’ve learnt about this league and the harsh realities of it, is that you don’t judge other teams on league position, If you do it’s at your peril!

“The league is very demanding and very unforgiving. I tend not to look at positions and points of other teams, it can come back to bite you.

“I don’t take the league table into consideration when we’re playing any team, whether they’re top, middle or bottom.”

Versatile defender/midfielder Bobby Hassell is back in contention having served his three-match suspension, although Hill admits he would be hard-pushed to change his winning side from last weekend. Midfielder David Perkins, winger Matty Done and Rob Edwards have all returned from injury.