BARNSLEY: Keith Hill urges Reds to rediscover ruthless streak

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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill has told The Star his struggling side must rediscover their “goal-scoring edge” if they’re going to climb the Championship table.

The Reds slipped to a 2-0 away defeat to Derby County in midweek despite having impressed for decent spells.

But for a second game running the Reds failed to find the back of the net as they hover just above the Championship relegation zone.

“Everything’s marginal, but we don’t look like we have a goalscoring edge,” said Hill. “All we can do is encourage the players to make the right decisions, but at the end of the day it’s down to the players when they’re on the pitch.

“Unfortunately at the moment we’re making the wrong decisions in both areas - and those wrong decisions are costing us.

“It’s frustrating because I’ve been reasonably happy with our performances, but when you don’t defend properly you get punished. And if you don’t finish your chances then you put yourself under pressure.

“I was disappointed we lost to Derby, but we did create some good chances. However, we need to show some more composure to make sure we convert them chances. We did open Derby up on quite a few occasions, but I expect the players to convert the type of chances we’re creating.

“We do a lot of shooting practice in training and the players know they have to do better.”

And Hill admits the loss of leading scorer Craig Davies has been a key reason why the Reds results have dipped.

The club have now lost their last three league fixtures and won just once in their last eight league outings.

Former Chesterfield marksman Davies has scored eight goals this season but Hill expects him to be out for at least a fortnight with a hamstring injury.

“We have missed Craig, there’s no doubt about that,” added Hill. “He’d struck up a really good partnership with [midfielder] Jacob Mellis, so to lose him has been a big blow.”