BARNSLEY: Under pressure Hill sets survival target

Under fire: Barnsley manager Keith Hill.                   Picture: keith turner
Under fire: Barnsley manager Keith Hill. Picture: keith turner
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BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill has stressed the Reds needs another 30 points to assure their Championship survival.

Eleven games without a win has left Hill and his struggling charges embroiled in a relegation scrap.

But with 24 games still to play - over half of the season - Hill is confident that the club can turn around their fortunes.

And that means impressing tomorrow away to division high-fliers Millwall, a team and manager who Hill has plenty of admiration and respect for.

Hill told The Star: “We probably need 10 wins. That’s our minimum required run-rate in my eyes.

“We’re under no illusions how tough it’s going to be, but this is a game that we’re more than capable of winning.

“Millwall have achieved what so many clubs want to achieve in the Championship this season. I’ve got a lot of respect for what [manager] Kenny Jackett has done.

“He’s built a hard-working team, a team which was supposedly tipped for relegation this season by some people.

“But he’s done a great job there and they’re having a very good season.”

The Lions are sixth in the table having gone a remarkable run of just one defeat in their last 16 league outings.

And with former Reds loan striker Chris Wood on fire up front, Jackett’s side will be hoping for another strong home performance this weekend. West Brom loan hitman Wood has scored 10 goals and, added to the seven goals scored by strike partner Darius Henderson, formerly of Sheffield United, Hill knows the Reds face a stern test.

“They’ve [Millwall] got a lot of threats, but it’s fair to say Chris Wood is their dangerman,” added Hill. “He’s having a great season.

“But this is a game we’re more than capable of winning. We’ve got to turn up and upset the apple cart.”

Midfielders Akoz Buzsaky (hamstring) and Jacob Mellis (dead leg) and forwards Reuben Noble-Lazarus (ankle) and Emile Sinclair (dead leg) will not feature.