BARNSLEY: Reds ready for the challenge

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KEITH Hill knows the pressure will only increase if his struggling side don’t get some points on the board – and fast.

Barnsley boss Hill has seen his team go NINE games without a win and Saturday’s 4-1 home defeat to Watford did little to raise spirits.

But the Reds have never dropped into the bottom three in Hill’s 18-month tenure at the Championship club – and he has no intention of seeing that happen.

“The pressure increases when you don’t get points – and I accept that,” admitted Hill, speaking exclusively to The Star. “We need points, there’s no doubt about that.

“There’s a fighting challenge which lies ahead, but we don’t fear it.

“Our appetite and enthusiasm hasn’t been dampened because of our results, but confidence does play a massive part in how you play.

“Some lads hide it well and some lads don’t. I’ve been there myself as a player and it’s a tough when you’re not winning.

“If you lose, and you have a bad performance as well, it can take you back to the drawing board.

“But you’ve got to have broad shoulders and fight you’re way out of trouble.”

And Hill stressed that although he’s been tough with his players he’s preferred not to raise the temperature by shouting at them after they’ve earned the club just three points in those last nine matches.

Hill added: “To be honest I don’t find any value in shouting. It’s been accepted by some managers that shouting at players is fine, but not for me.

“When I was a player manager’s would shout out rubbish, so I’ve never found much benefit in it.

“Unfortunately there’s no magic pill to get us out of this position, but we’ll keep working hard and hopefully we get the results we’re looking for.”