BARNSLEY boss Keith Hill is confident his side can bounce back from three successive league defeats.
Losses to Ipswich Town, West Ham and Blackpool have seen the Reds slips to 16th in the table.
But Hill’s side, who won four on the bounce before their recent slump, are nine points ahead of third from bottom with the manager’s main aim to retain the club’s Championship status this season.
And now it’s two mouth-watering Yorkshire derby clashes to look forward to against Leeds United and Doncaster Rovers as the festive period draws to a close.
“We’ve got no fear about pitting our wits against Leeds,” said Hill.
“We’ve got two great games to look forward to, it’s a good opportunity for us to bounce back from these defeats and get the results we want.
“I know how hard the players are working and how much effort they’re putting in. But as long as they keep doing that we’ll be ok this season.”
The Reds have 30 points at the halfway stage, and Hill believes that is a fair reflection of their achievements on the pitch in his first season in charge at Oakwell.
They led against Blackpool only to be beaten 3-1 and have now conceded eight goals in those three defeats: “It’s a major worry when you’re conceding goals, but I’ve got no fear about our defending. It’s a continuation and development of the season.
“We’re not a bad side and we’re still nine points clear of third bottom.”